The idea of oil "independence" understandably appeals to Americans. But at some point America's leaders must recognize the physical evidence indicates the alleged "energy revolution" is likely to be merely a relatively short-term bump.
Those like Mitt Romney who claim that the United States can achieve energy "independence" by 2020 or any other near-term date are only fooling themselves, and perhaps some elements of the American public.
The Republicans are hoping to blame the rise in the price of gas on Obama's environmentally friendly policies. There are two problems in this story. First, his policies have not been especially friendly to the environment.