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Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs


Energy independence has long been America's unrequited love. Every president since Richard Nixon has opined on the dangers of the country's reliance on foreign energy and pledged with equal passion to deliver the U.S. from its evils. For decades, none succeeded. Yet, in the most unanticipated of ways, America finally seems close to clinching the seduction. Although energy independence in the sense of self-sufficiency continues to be a ways off, America has rapidly moved from a situation of energy duress to one of energy prowess.


O'Sullivan, Meghan. "Trump's Approach to Mexico Could Jeopardize America's Progress Toward Energy Independence." Dallas News, September 6, 2017.