Publications: Papers

What Are the Chances the United States Becomes Energy Independent? (The International Economy, Fall 2013)


Dr. Verleger, along with sixteen other experts, posits an answer to the title question. As the TIE introduction notes, "Some analysts argue that the shale oil/U.S. energy independence narrative is a myth. The United States cannot become energy independent even under the best of circumstances. Yet others argue that energy independence is a certainty, perhaps sooner than expected. That’s because energy independence is a story that extends beyond oil and gas. Perhaps half of the credit for independence will belong to conservation and renewable energy sources. U.S. energy independence: an inevitability or a fairy tale fantasy?" In Dr. Verleger's opinion, "Independence is a certainty. America won the global energy lottery."