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Pipe is stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla., ready to be assembled as part of the Keystone pipeline.
Pipe is stacked in a field near Ripley, Okla., ready to be assembled as part of the Keystone pipeline.
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DAVID PARKINSON

Peak oil takes an unexpected turn

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No less authority than the United States government itself has declared that some time this year, the country should reach a landmark not seen in nearly two decades – indeed, one that many experts believed had been permanently consigned to the history books. The U.S. will be producing more oil than it is importing.