Federal land not part of the US oil output surge

If it were an oil producer, the US federal government would look much like Mexico, with output declining while adjacent areas boom. At least Mexico has begun reforming its xenophobic oil industry with an eye toward joining the North American surge in production from unconventional reservoirs and deep water. With an administration squeamish about hydrocarbons, the US government shows no sign of comparable enlightenment. Production numbers tell the story. In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, the US Energy Information Administration projected an increase in average annual production of crude oil and lease condensate to 8.4 million b/d this year from 7.4 million b/d in 2013. It predicts a...

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