With shale production booming, why does the U.S. still import oil?
It’s a common question. The U.S. shale boom has had a profound effect on the U.S. energy industry, on world energy markets and on geopolitics—in little more than a decade.

It’s true that growing oil production from tight formations and shale beds has changed things in the U.S. Not only has shale production decreased the need for the U.S. to import as much oil as it historically has, but it has changed the type of oil that is being imported into the country.
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