US Democratic hopefuls unite over climate crisis but split over role of shale gas

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It is hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking, that has put the US at the top of world oil and gas production; that has made it the world’s largest oil producer and launched the US LNG export industry. Because of fracking, the US is expected to remain a major hydrocarbon exporter for many years to come, and thousands of jobs will be sustained by the oil and gas companies using this technology – unless it is outlawed under a Democratic presidency following the 2020 elections.

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