Let me reveal my age and remember that I watched President Richard M. Nixon call for "energy independence" many years ago. His successors have more or less said the same thing.
It appears that President Nixon's call may soon be reality. In fact, it looks like we may be "drowning the world" with oil, according to Nick Cunningham:
The U.S. is still expected to account of the bulk of new drilling and the vast majority of new production, with much of that coming from shale.
Already, the U.S. is the world's largest producer of both oil and natural gas.
And the pace has accelerated in recent years.