Watching Government: Yergin's travels

Daniel Yergin had covered a lot of territory when he arrived at the US Chamber of Commerce on Feb. 16. The appearance, sponsored by the Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy, ostensibly was to help the IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates chairman promote his latest book, "The Quest." But Yergin quickly began to describe what he had heard as he visited 27 cities in 11 US states. He said people wanted to discuss shale gas issues, the Obama administration's Keystone XL pipeline stance, Iran's threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, gasoline and crude oil prices, and growing recognition that shale gas and tight oil resources have changed the US energy outlook. "There ...

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