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President Obama with Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz ©Pete Souza/White House/Handout/Corbis

It is widely thought possible that within this decade, North America—taking the United States, Canada and Mexico together—will be able to supply its own energy needs. This prospect is already transforming the lens through which Americans view their country’s future, and relations with other governments globally.

Within the US, the gloom surrounding the slow recovery from the financial crisis is April 2014 Special report Barrels of confidence giving way…

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