The whole energy independence thing based on oil is baloney. We already ship more crude overseas than we consume.
This quote alone is so blatant and obviously wrong that it COMPLETELY invalidates everything else that you said. The U.S. produces maybe 7-9 million barrels a day of oil and consumes somewhere around 20 million barrels a day. My numbers might be off just a little but that it is a ridiculous claim to make. Also, I might be wrong about this but I thought that it was actually illegal to sell crude overseas.