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Shale Goes Global
Shale Goes Global
The UK Gets Ready to Frack

All the pieces are in place for fracking to start back up in the UK after a five year hiatus.

Shale Goes Global
US Inches Toward Exporting Crude Oil

The Commerce Department permitted two companies to start exporting oil from Texas’s Eagle Ford shale formation this week, and the firms could begin sending what is essentially unrefined oil abroad in August, the first time in nearly forty years.

Shale Goes Global
Can the West Keep Fracking Technology from Russia?

Russia can’t tap its massive shale hydrocarbon reserves without Western technology, and that’s led some to speculate that withholding the necessary technical know-how could be a weapon against Putin. But the West looks too divided—and the economic rationale for oil majors to partner with the Russians seems too strong—for us to count this as an arrow in our quiver.

Shale Goes Global
Good News for Greens: Chinese Fracking Ahead of Schedule

A Chinese oil firm says it will produce more shale gas sooner than expected. Beijing has to overcome a number of hurdles, both natural and otherwise, to reach its shale potential, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Shale Goes Global
Gulf Sheikdom Has Eyes For American Gas

Here’s a stark example of the transformative power of shale: a Gulf petrostate is mulling American gas imports. The United Arab Emirates lays claim to the world’s seventh-largest proven reserves of natural gas, but it’s finding it difficult to resist the allure of cheap American shale gas.

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The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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