Besides, we here in the US are sitting on one of the largest reserves around, the Bakken Shale deposits.
The US could be energy independent of the Middle East by just pumping that, given the needed federal drilling permits (oh wait, Obama's against that isn't he? - record lows issued this administration), and a clean safe way to move it to the refineries (oh wait, Obama's against that too - vetoed Keystone-XL).
So what's the deal here? It's like Obama wants to back the nation into an impossible corner with no way out, as far as energy is concerned.
On one hand he says he wants the US to become energy independent, but then he's unwilling to issue the drilling permits to make it happen.
He says he wants a vibrant growing economy, with an active manufacturing sector, but then he increases the cost for that electricity.
It's kinda schizophrenic.