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Soon, energy independence

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Move over, Saudi Arabia. The United States is back. In case you missed the news reports, sometime this year the United States will surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s largest producer of liquid energy, the sum of crude oil and biofuels, according to projections just released by BP in its report, “Energy Outlook 2030.” By 2017, the United States will no longer the world’s largest oil importing nation. We already became the world’s largest producer of natural gas in 2011, and barring government restrictions will soon be a major exporter.

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