The Obama administration took a victory lap or two after the Energy Information Agency said domestic crude oil production outpaced foreign imports for the first time since 1995.
The White House featured the news on its website and the President mentioned it in his national address Friday.
“Something big happened last month,” the White House said. “President Obama’s climate action plan continues to spark innovation.”
Press secretary Jay Carney said, “This milestone is a result of both increased production and administration policies, like increased fuel economy standards, that cut oil consumption, cut carbon pollution and cut consumer bills.”
A prominent oil and gas lobby disagreed.
Kyle Isakower of the American Petroleum Institute blamed the administration for a drop in oil production on federal lands.
“Credit for the rise in American energy production goes to the men and women working every day to develop oil and natural gas here at home,” he said. “Domestic oil and natural gas production is only on the rise thanks to development on state and private lands.”
In the U.S. for October, the EIA said monthly estimated domestic crude oil output averaged 7.7 million barrels per day, the highest production for any October in 25 years, while oil imports were 7.6 million barrels per day.