Politicians have pushed for energy independence for years. Energy advocates in North Dakota say we're almost there.
In recent weeks, our nation's crude oil exports have increased and imports have decreased each by about 40 percent, developing a pattern that may make the United States less dependent on other countries.
About one and a half million barrels of high-quality oil comes from the Bakken every day.
The North Dakota Petroleum Council says this helps bolster confidence in the US oil industry and reduce our reliance on foreign oil.
“It matters, North Dakota makes a difference. North Dakota's making a difference in the world, it’s making a difference in the energy security of our country, it’s keeps our forces more at home rather than abroad and it's good for all of us,” said Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council.
Ness says when exports are greater than imports, consumers will see reduced prices at the gas pump.
The council expects this trend towards energy independence to continue.