In a recent interview, Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum analysis for Gas Buddy said rising tensions between the U.S. and any country in the Middle East ten years ago could have caused a bump in gas prices. Today, that's less likely. The United States now makes around 13 million barrels of oil annually. Around 2010, we averaged around 5.5 million barrels. He said our own production provides a buffer, so an out-of-country conflict would not hit as hard as in the past. This may come as no surprise to MOGA Members who have long recognized the importance of American energy independence, but it is exciting to see others taking notice. Click here to read the full article and watch the interview with Patrick De Haan.