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UK fracking revolution calls for national thinking

August 12, 2016

Handouts to disgruntled communities and tax breaks are unlikely to make shale gas extraction more appealing for investors, given the shaky outlook for prices. A better strategy could be to create a national drilling titan in the mould of Norway's Statoil to get Britain fracking.

Review: Congo’s problems run deeper than oil

November 21, 2014

Virunga Park sits on top of reserves and between hostile states inhabited by warring militias. A new documentary casts UK oil firm Soco as the park’s top threat. Unethical exploiters are just one symptom of a nation whose institutions are too weak to assure economic stability.

Review: Frackers needed long view to make history

November 8, 2013

The revolution in U.S. energy came from an unlikely source, “The Frackers” shows. While deep-pocketed giants like Chevron gave up on shale, tiny drillers like George Mitchell and Harold Hamm persisted. True leadership triumphed over short-term shareholder value.