President Donald Trump declared his administration has ended the United States’ reliance on foreign energy sources.
“We are ending decades of foreign energy reliance to unleash the blessings of American energy independence,” President Trump told House Republicans at a retreat held in Baltimore on Sept. 12, Politifact reported.
“We are very energy independent,” the president added.
President Trump did not provide information for his declaration, but data from U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) supports what he said.
EIA data, with the most updated available from May, shows the United States produced more energy than it used in April and May 2019, helping reduce the net imports to a tiny volume.
In details, the United States produced 8.299 quadrillion British thermal units (BTUs) of energy in April and 8.585 quadrillion BTUs in May, while consuming 7.649 BTUs and 7.929 BTUs, respectively.
Net imports, or imports minus exports, were only 0.02 BTUs in April and 0.08 BTUs in May.
Though the United States is still a net energy importer in the first five months of this year, with net purchase of only 0.18 BTUs, the gap between imports and exports is achieving parity during Trump’s presidency.
As a net energy importer since 1953, these numbers also indicate the United States is becoming independent on foreign energy, or at least moving in this direction.
EIA forecasts the United States is on track to become a net energy exporter by next year thanks to continued growth in American petroleum and natural gas exports, plus slow growth in energy consumption.
U.S. energy independence is helping fulfill President Trump’s promise made during his campaign.
In a speech during his visit to Pennsylvania in August, President Trump said the United States was sitting on the planet’s greatest energy resources, which really came about over the last few years, and fracking and other new technologies are helping exploit them, making the U.S. “the number-one energy producer in the world.”