Although the US briefly became a net petroleum exporter during one week last November, government analysts say it will be at least September 2020 before it claims that title on a steady basis, by shipping out more energy than it imports on an annual basis. The nation is already a net exporter of coal and natural gas.
Trump's brief salute to US fossil fuel dominance – one passing mention in a speech expected that lasted more than hour – also invoked a milestone that was partially achieved before he won the White House, under former President Barack Obama.
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