The energy independent future is now, and always has been

America is like a giant machine for breaking dependency on oil. Unfortunately, that machine runs on oil

Published June 17, 2010 2:18PM (EDT)

"So counting Barack Obama, the last eight presidents have gone on television and promised to move us toward an energy-indepndent future. Before that, I'm sure they did it on the radio."

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By Gabriel Winant

Gabriel Winant is a graduate student in American history at Yale.

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