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The New Yorker’s John Cassidy examines the myth of energy independence.

“Sooner or later, we are going to have a lot of hybrid cars, electric cars, and, perhaps, at some time in the future, we are going to have a hydrogen economy,” Robert Mabro told me. “But, until we get there, to talk about energy independence is foolish. The two candidates, with due respect, are lying to the people, or they don’t know what they are talking about.”

Both candidates spoke in the first debate about nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction as being the most urgent issue they’re worried about. A close second has to be the energy situation.