And to reinforce the point, the second reference above also had this to say:
There's at least one domestic downside to America's growing role as a fuel exporter. Experts say the trend helps explain why U.S. motorists are paying more for gasoline. The more fuel that's sent overseas, the less of a supply cushion there is at home. Gasoline supplies are being exported to the highest bidder, says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service. "It's a world market," he says. Refining companies won't say how much they make by selling fuel overseas. But analysts say those sales are likely generating higher profits per gallon than they would have generated in the U.S. Otherwise, they wouldn't occur.
Since we are now a net energy exporter, America could be energy independent today. Our gas prices could fall today. Our prices in the grocery stores and the malls could fall today. Maybe Michelle Bachmann was right that we could have $2.00 gasoline once more, but even if she'd been elected in a landslide, she could never have made that happen. Why? Again, our government does not have that kind of authority over the market, and our domestic and global markets are simply not set up that way.
So the big lie is exposed. Drilling our way to energy independence was a pipe dream, a grand scale fantasy, just as we liberals always said it was. The only way to gain true energy independence for America is through alternative energy and increased efficiency.