The last barrel ///

For those of us whose paychecks are derived from hydrocarbons, the past couple of years have been—let me be polite—somewhat rough. We’ve all seen more layoffs, bankruptcies and cutbacks than we would care to recall. However, as we kick off the new year, there are some hopeful signs on the horizon—not the least of which is the improvement in crude prices to what, at the time of writing, was near an 18-month high.

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