There is no question it is a Global Market and the notion of Energy/Oil 'independence' would depend on how that is 'defined'. There are good (and bad) reasons to import and export. And it is done for a variety of reasons.We were never oil independent. And we are producing the same now as the record levels in 2019. In 2023, a new record of production is planned. And oil companies will also continue to see to the highest worldwide purchaser, so we will continue to not be oil independent and will be subject to worldwide prices. Unless we quit exporting, we will never be independent.
But when you reach the point where domestic demand is satisfied, the strategic reserves are FULL and you are exporting more than you are importing (net exporter) that's pretty damn energy independent. And that isn't what we have now.....is it?
The term is not used to convey insulation against global influence and pricing.