Hillary Clinton said during the second presidential debate on Sunday that the United States has achieved energy independence, but the country still imports millions of barrels a day of oil and petroleum products — much of it from the Middle East.
In response to a town hall question on how she would meet America's energy needs, Clinton said: "You know that we are now for the first time ever energy independent. We are not dependent upon the Middle East."
"We've got to remain energy-independent. It gives us much more power and freedom than to be worried about what goes on in the Middle East," she added.
The United States imported 9.4 million barrels of crude and petroleum products in 2015, and imports are on the rise this year, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data. Of the 2015 total, 2.9 million barrels came from OPEC countries, and 1.5 million came from Persian Gulf countries.
To be sure, U.S. energy independence has advanced. Last year, about 24 percent of petroleum consumed in the United States came from abroad, the lowest level since 1970, according to the EIA.
But while a revolution in U.S. and Canadian oil drilling has significantly reduced the country's reliance on imports from OPEC since 2007 — when annual imports from the cartel were nearly 6 million barrels a day — the United States is far from energy independent.