Unconventional thinking

The demand pressures that are raising prices of oil and natural gas-and, therefore, the profits of oil and gas producers-also throw light on a range of paths for companies committed to supplying energy far into the future.Some of those courses lead to more exploration for and production of conventional oil and gas. Others point to unconventional oil-such as oil sands and shale oil, as reported in the special report beginning on p. 22.Other routes to future energy supply are, at this moment, less distinct. If demand continues to grow at recent rates, there will have to be many of them.Who knows what the energy industry will look like 50 or 100 years from today? Many struggle to guess, but ...

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