U.S. Is Overtaking Russia as Largest Oil-and-Gas Producer

By Ray Pinard | October 8, 2013

An interesting article by Russell Gold and Daniel Gilbert was first published in the The Wall Street Journal and reprinted on the Friends of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce web site.

The U.S. is overtaking Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, a startling shift that is reshaping markets and eroding the clout of traditional energy-rich nations.

U.S. energy output has been surging in recent years, a comeback fueled by shale-rock formations of oil and natural gas that was unimaginable a decade ago. 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.

The U.S. ascendance comes as Russia has struggled to maintain its energy output and has yet to embrace technologies such as hydraulic fracturing that have boosted American reserves.

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