5.6.2022 — Circuit Breaker: Debunking electrification myths

Exporting oil and gas does not create energy independence, electrification does.

Even though the United States now exports more oil and gas than it imports (often called “energy independence”), we remain very dependent on world energy markets, buying and selling fossil fuels at prices we don’t control. There are technical, economic, and political reasons for this, but the result is the same: global fossil fuel price volatility exposes everyday Americans to economic hardship, a fact laid bare by the 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

There is, however, a path to true energy independence: full electrification powered by renewable energy. This not only results in low, stable energy prices, but also combats the existential threat of climate change.

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