The Department of Energy was formed in 1977 to move the US towards energy independence. When it was established, the US was importing 35% of oil, and it got worse all the way until 2005 where the US was importing 60% of oil. That's 30 years of utter failure.
If you want to make sure a problem lingers a long time, get government working on it. I'm sure Biden can double the length of the looming depression, just as FDR did.