That does not diminish the need for us to develop our own petroleum resources. It would reduce our exposure to such as embargoes and other disruptions. It dovetails into the accelerated building of nuke plants and clean coal, which to no one's surprise, despite the rhetoric, the Obama Administration has squashed. Those two industries would have been perfect targets for Stimulus, as would a border fence have been, but instead, Obama thought it better to go with the Apollo Alliance recommendations, and basically blow it all.
There is a pattern with this Administration to stifle real energy production that is not greener than green, and it is not good.