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The United States of Gas

Why the Shale Revolution Could Have Happened Only in America

Author: Robert A. Hefner III
May/June 2014
Foreign Affairs


Less than a decade ago, the future of American energy looked bleak. Domestic production of both oil and gas was dwindling, and big U.S. energy companies, believing their fortunes lay offshore, had long since turned away from the mainland. But then something remarkable occurred: a surge of innovation allowed companies to extract vast quantities of natural gas trapped in once-inaccessible deposits of shale.

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