A Critique of “the Dangerous Delusions for Energy Independence” by Robert Bryce

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A Critique of “The Dangerous Delusions for Energy Independence” by Robert Bryce

Since the early 1970’s, several former Presidents and even our current President (Barack Obama), have made promises that we (The United States) would ultimately become an “Energy Independent” country. However, those promises have yet to be fulfilled thus far. In “The Dangerous Delusions of Energy Independence”, Robert Bryce intensely explains that our country’s energy independence has yet to occur because it is basically impossible. Furthermore, to halt trade with countries who have provided the United States with vital resources for countless years, in reality, would have an extremely negative impact on our country.

“The rhetoric about the need for energy independence continues largely because the American public is woefully ignorant about the fundamentals of energy and the energy business” (Bryce 308). Prior to this article, many Americans were on board with the idea of “energy independence because it simply sounded well. Though, Bryce really shined some light on the actuality of energy independence and how it could do more harm than good to our country.

In “The Dangerous Delusions for Energy Independence”, Bryce emphasizes on energy interdependence instead of energy independence. Interdependence is defined as a relationship in which each member is mutually dependent on the others. The United States is dependent on multiple countries for energy such as oil, gasoline, and uranium. In the article, Bryce expresses his opinion, which is that energy independence is nonsense. In addition, he believes that the United States has many other issues to tend to and that energy independence should be the least of our worries.

Bryce’s argument probably caused a bit of an uproar because he somewhat insulted a large portion of our country for being “pro energy independence”. “Americans love independence. Whether it’s financial independence, political independence, the Declaration of...
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