I think that is a fallacious argument. The US is not dependent on Middle East oil. You guys are. Apart from Saudi, the US imports little oil from the ME. And the Saudi imports are purely political. Canada, Mexico and West Africa are where most imports come from.
In fact California alone is sitting on immense oil reserves. Iraq level reserves. Actually despite huge state regulatory hurdles California is still one of the largest producers of oil, number 4, and with slightly more sane regulations CA could easily be number two producer in 3 to 5 years. That is without lifting the de facto complete moratorium on new exploration that has been in place for the last 40 years. Given the local onshore geology the offshore reserves should be just as good if not better. But we cannot find out. Because of law suits brought by the econuts.
To give you an idea of just how insane the regulatory situation for oil production is in California at the moment. The last major oil field that came online, in the Santa Barbara Channel, is being currently wound down after 40 plus years production. There is still a very large reserve out there but the state has not allowed any meaningful exploration or development for the last 30 years. The excuse is the 1969 oil spill. Which was caused by production well triggering a massive natural seepage. It hit one of the pockets that are responsible for the natural oil seepage that annually put far more oil into the channel than the '69 blow out did. The natural gas released by this natural seepage account for the majority of the air pollution / smog in the region.
This is where it starts getting insane. Since production came online natural oil / gas seepage rates in that part of channel declined markedly from historical rates as production became a controlled release for these hydrocarbons. This effect had been noted at other fields in the area over the previous century. But the anti oil people, the Oil = Evil crowd, dont care that this oil / gas production actually reduces local pollution by a very noticeable amount. Nope, dont care. Oil = Evil. It has reached the stage where the local greenies brought a successful lawsuit to stop the restart of an onshore oil field which while in production had reduced the local natural oil seepage into the sea to virtual nil and when it went out of production the local sea shore was fouled again by oil seepage.
Anyway, at least in the home of EV’s and the place that gave rise to the current EV fad the oil argument does not fly. We have immense amounts of oil reserves but the (overwhelmingly affluent middle class) eco-nuts do everything in their power to prevent this oil being produced. They have subverted state agency after state agency. First the Air Resource Board. Then the Coastal Commission and the state Environmental Protection Agency. Most recently they got the Bureau of Mines and Geology Survey, now subsumed into the Dept of “Conservation” to publish reports that run counter to everything they published in the previous 70 years about state petroleum geology. You know, the actual science. Pure Lysenkoism by this stage.
At least in California, even without oil shale fracking, there is zero need for EV’s. Ever. The state could be self sufficient in oil for many many decades without breaking a sweat. As I said, there is so much oil in the state that it literally oozes out of the ground. Beverly Hillbillies style.
The beaches around there have lots of small balls of tar on them. Courtesy of mother nature.
And the air quality argument no longer flies. Might have in the 1980’s. Not anymore.
Unless you have huge amounts of hydro power going unused, which no one does not even Norsk Hydro, the arguments used in favor for EV’s is pure ideological zealotry. Not ones based in any rational universe.