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About that War on Energy

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorOct 3, 2013 6:24 PM

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If you thought that the U.S. government shutdown was the top story at the Wall Street Journal today (print edition), you would be wrong. Instead, this headline took the honor:

U.S. Rises to No. 1 Energy Producer

Whoa. This wasn't supposed to happen until 2017, according to recent projections by the International Energy Agency. But some number crunchers at the WSJ have moved up the schedule:

A Wall Street Journal analysis of global data shows that the U.S. is on track to pass Russia as the world's largest producer of oil and gas combined this year—if it hasn't already.

Hang on a sec. I thought there was a war on energy drilling during the President Obama era? Or was that Obama's war on energy? No, wait, was that Obama's three-pronged war on energy? Some people, it seems, have a poor grasp of facts. Now, as much as climate advocates would like Obama to wage war on fossil fuels, it's not gonna happen. But that doesn't mean he won't try to so something without turning off the oil & gas spigots.

[A war on energy? Not in North Dakota, where this drilling rig sits]

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