Obama Credits Green Energy For Cutting Foreign Oil Imports — He’s Wrong

President Barack Obama is making a major public relations blitz to highlight his legacy, including tying falling reliance on foreign oil to his green energy policies.

Obama claimed the U.S. “traded foreign oil for clean energy,” but what he should have said is the U.S. traded foreign oil for hydraulic fracturing. Green energy had little to do with it.

University of Colorado-Boulder professor Roger Pielke, Jr. was quick to call out the president for trying to claim “clean energy” was responsible for cutting U.S. oil imports.

Pielke’s right. Americans used more oil and petroleum products in 2016 compared to 2009.

When Obama took office in January 2009, the U.S. consumed more than 590 million barrels of oil, according to Department of Energy data. The country used more than 608 million barrels of crude oil in October 2016.

On a more fundamental level, Obama’s tweet cites the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “net” oil imports figure of 4.7 million barrels per day in 2015, compared to 11.1 million in 2008.

EIA gets its net oil imports figure by subtracting oil exports for imports. So the figure is falling because we’re exporting way more oil than before thanks to booming domestic energy production from hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling into shale formations.

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    Amber

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    I don’t recall any former President so wrapped up in his own “legacy ” .
    This guy is prancing around in dream land . Under his watch the USA debt
    doubled , a feat which no one can lay claim .
    What other President sticks around to undermine the President Elect ? His puffed up ego on full display and his only temporary tool Executive Orders bi -passing elected officials . Democrat Party elected officials are a side shown no respect but available to be used on demand .
    Democrat bankers and operatives must be writing big checks to have their front man stick around and just like during the election people can see the Democrat bankers / operatives have been running the show . They can blame the CIA / FBI
    Russian hackers , some white people etc etc but they know the truth …the top Democrats have sold out to take the cash .
    ” Green energy” like bird blenders rely on major tax payer subsidies and still drive up energy rates . You have to admit Obama did honor his claim to significantly raise energy costs . Another legacy issue in the bank .
    Two people killed in Chicago per day and $ billions is being shipped offshore to fund
    what ? A bogus con job to apparently control the earth temperature thermostat ?
    Mr .Trump couldn’t possibly out do that line of BS .

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