Does North America Energy Independence Matter?

by Reihan Salam

This week, the Romney campaign announced that a Romney-Ryan administration would seek to achieve North American energy independence by 2020. A number of North American energy independence is an illusory and indeed senseless goal, as there is nothing particularly useful or worthwhile about reducing net energy imports. I disagree. Though the Romney energy strategy is far from flawless, it has many virtues. I am going to write a longer piece on this subject over the weekend.