GAS STORY CAN HELP EXPLAIN U.S. VOTERS

The story of the U.S. natural gas industry offers useful instruction to anyone confused about this week's general elections. By all accounts, voters will give an unusually large number of incumbent lawmakers the chance to pursue new opportunities. The assault on incumbency may be strong enough to give Republicans control of the Senate, possibly even the House. The popular explanation for this is antigovernment cynicism. It's certainly easy to find Americans cynical about government.

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