The Wall Street Journal

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U.S. Is Overtaking Russia as Largest Oil-and-Gas Producer
The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. is overtaking Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas, a startling shift that is reshaping markets and eroding the clout of traditional energy-rich nations.

U.S. energy output has been surging in recent years, a comeback fueled by shale-rock formations of oil and natural gas that was unimaginable a decade ago. A Wall Street Journal analysis of global data shows that the U.S. is on track to pass Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and gas combined this year—if it hasn’t already.

The U.S. ascendance comes as Russia has struggled to maintain its energy output and has yet to embrace technologies such as hydraulic fracturing that have boosted American reserves.

« This is a remarkable turn of events, » said Adam Sieminski, head of the U.S. Energy Information Administration. « This is a new era of thinking about market conditions, and opportunities created by these conditions, that you wouldn’t in a million years have dreamed about. »

Pendant que le gaz et le pétrole de schiste bouleversent le paysage énergétique mondial, au Québec on pense devenir riche en… électrifiant les transports