The U.S. has been dependent on foreign oil for its energy needs for decades. Some analysts now say the country could become energy independent over the next decade. Still, exactly what "energy independence" means is in dispute.
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While many different stakeholders are interviewed for this article, their opinions only are featured primarily. More factual, neutral stats are needed to contextualize the experts' takes. I'm still left wondering about hydraulic fracturing; it's a relatively new technology and there seems to be many conflicting opinions on its long-term safety and efficiency.
It is a fairly balanced story --- if you read/listen all the way to the end. For the story to get a truly outstanding rating, I would like to have seen the counterpoint introduced higher up in the story; the first 3/4 of the piece are glowingly positive about the prospect of energy self-sufficiency and there is no hint of a downside until the end.
I don't feel this story is as balanced as it should be because it is weighted in the direction of the oil and gas industry. I think it should have been more balanced with information about our country developing renewable energy, other than the short section at the end. I feel like this article let me down.