Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions recently released a
report titled, "Energy independence and security: A reality
check," that examines whether or not energy independence is
necessary to achieve energy security. Deloitte contends that
the answer is "probably no."
The report reviews present and developing national energy
policies and discusses US strategies for oil imports and
A key conclusion is that, "While US energy independence may
be unattainable in the foreseeable future, energy security is a
realistic and achievable goal."
"The real issue is not independence from all foreign oil,"
the report continues, "but reducing oil imports from unfriendly
nations, diversifying our supply of energy sources and ensuring
that no nation can effectively manipulate markets against our
national interests....Understanding how to reach [energy
security], however, requires us to know more about our sources
and uses of energyand the realities of energy supply and
The report also acknowledges, "For most energy-consuming
sectors of our economy, our supply is predominately domestic,
with only transportation remaining more heavily dependent on
imports. Thus, the US already has significant 'energy
independence,' at least in terms of exclusive reliance on
domestic production, for much of its economy."
"The remaining question," Deloitte contends, "is how to make
the transportation sector more independent of sharp disruptions
and 'unfriendly' sources [of energy]."
The report concludes with a list of recommendations to
ensure the availability of secure supplies of affordable
To read the complete report,