The Wall Street Journal isn't the most environmentally friendly news outlet. (For example.) (And, also: It frequently chops down thousands of trees, turns them into pulp, crushes soybeans into ink, and combines all of this into a product that is dumped directly into landfills. Can you imagine?)
You should not, therefore, be surprised to read its triumphant proclamation of the imminent end of foreign oil.
America will halve its reliance on Middle East oil by the end of this decade and could end it completely by 2035 due to declining demand and the rapid growth of new petroleum sources in the Western Hemisphere, energy analysts now anticipate.
Hooray! First paragraph! Oh, also:
By 2035, oil shipments from the Middle East to North America "could almost be nonexistent," the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries recently predicted, partly because more efficient car engines and a growing supply of renewable fuel will help curb demand.
Bottom of the third paragraph. If they could have whispered it, they probably would have.
A reduced reliance on importing oil is indeed good. But primarily if it's because we're reducing oil use. That's not a runner-up.