Patriotism is decidedly fashionable. George W. Bush wants to protect the energy of the United States, just as Dominique de Villepin intends to preserve French companies. In his seventh State of the Union address, George W. Bush made an unusual finding for a former Texan oilman, had he become president of the United States: "America is dependent on oil that is often imported unstable regions of the world. Hence the announcement of a plan to "replace more than 75% of [its] oil imports from the Middle East by 2025." "
The goal seems ambitious for a country that has refused to submit to any constraint on energy. Today's reality is more modest. The United States buys their oil first from their neighbors, Canada and Mexico. Last year, their imports from the Middle East accounted for only 17% of their supplies abroad, and thus barely 12% of their consumption. As the country burns mainly coal and gas to make electricity, Middle Eastern hydrocarbons have only brought 5% of its energy.