Reports of potentially massive U.S. oil and natural gas reserves may weaken the argument about electricity’s contribution to energy security, but do not nullify it.
As mentioned above electricity is cleaner, more efficient, and as long as we are importing petroleum to the U.S. the battle cry of plug-in advocates holds true:
You will never see a tanker arriving from the Middle East loaded with electricity.
The notion of pursuing energy security – aka national security – is otherwise valid. Wars have been fought, and untold billions spent, and lives lost and bodies maimed so the first world can have its petroleum.
For all the costs that critics observe against efforts to jump start plug-in vehicles, or hybrids before them, they’re a drop in an oil barrel compared to America’s “addiction.”
The U.S. Department of Defense is also pushing toward battery power in numerous applications. It recognizes the value and the defense industry itself is another driver to furtherance of electrified technologies.
The military industrial complex does what it wants. The elected officials you put in office make it so. They too are a driver pushing against the petroleum tide.