The last barrel ///

In the U.S. these days, there is much concern about whether unrest and turmoil in various regions, whether it be in the Middle East, Ukraine or somewhere else, will affect U.S. trade, prosperity and national security—and, by extension, the health of the upstream oil and gas industry. Yet, as relates to the U.S. E&P industry, the greatest threat to its health is posed not by groups overseas, but by the single largest force within our own borders, the Executive Branch of the U.S. federal government.

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