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For the U.S., the silver lining of the black cloud over Iraq could be renewed public awareness of the importance of developing our energy resources. With his phone and his pen, Obama could increase access and expedite drilling on federal lands and approve the Keystone pipeline. However, that would require standing up to his environmental allies like billionaire Tom Steyer—something he’s not likely to do.

The U.S. could have filled the gaps, but now we can’t.

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