Shrinking middle ground

Given the option, issue managers at most oil and gas companies probably would prefer to let others fight over global warming. For them, neither side of the question is comfortable. Supporting aggressive precaution forces them to support officially elevated prices of their products while temperature observations create doubt about the need. Yet questioning the need draws condemnation from pressure groups eager for an excuse to disparage oil and its suppliers. Fence-sitting should be losing appeal, too. Activists are testing limits of the aggressive-response agenda. Their desire to shove humanity away from hydrocarbon energy as a warming precaution, whatever the cost, leads to extreme posit...

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