The United States will become a net energy exporter in 2022, according to the newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018 (AEO2018) Reference case from the EIA.

The cause? EIA says changes in the petroleum and natural gas market are driving potential exports upward. The transition from net energy importer to net energy exporter occurs even earlier in some sensitivity cases that modify assumptions about oil prices or resource extraction.

However, there are sensitivity cases with less energy production – these particular cases project that th...

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