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10 ways America’s energy and climate world changed in 10 years

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By Amy Harder | Axios

We’ve gone from an energy-scarce to an energy-abundant nation, and our climate debate has waxed and waned. Let’s drill down on a decade’s worth of changes.

  1. The oil boom

America’s oil production has nearly doubled over the last decade, and we became the world’s biggest oil producer a few years ago, thanks to drilling technologies like fracking and horizontal drilling. This dynamic has complicated policies predicated on limited oil supplies, including a federal ethanol mandate and fuel-efficiency standards for cars.

On the geopolitical front, the U.S. is now becoming a swing producer alongside OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.


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