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Where are oil prices headed? In the long run, the slowly rising global demand for energy will not be enough to offset the declining costs of extraction. In the short term, much depends on how U.S. producers, whose shareholders are dissatisfied with the return on their fracking investments so far. They, the Russians and the Saudis would all like to see prices go higher. Can they reach a fragile deal to restrain production?
Professor Enrico Colombatto
Presidents of the United States, late in their second terms, are usually viewed as lame ducks. Yet Mr Barack Obama, with only 18 months remaining in office, has regained the initiative.
President Obama long ago failed to live up to the hopes of reuniting American society raised by his first campaign. The deepening divide ...
Dr. Uwe Nerlich
New studies on the environmental risks of shale gas production have recommended strict regulations to guide the industry rather than outright bans or moratoria. In the second part of a series on new studies we look at the potential benefits of producing the gas for countries which, up until now, have been sceptical about whether the risks have been worth the reward...
Dr. Frank Umbach
Environmental groups in some European countries have successfully persuaded government to hold off the exploration and production of unconventional gas. The fourth in our six-part series on the energy source looks at their misgivings and whether they are likely to be convinced at a later stage of the positive aspects of home-grown unconventional gas production. ...