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The Age of Hard-to-Get Oil

The Middle East’s dominance in fossil fuels may be ending

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Illustration: Column Five Media, Brandon Palacio

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Illustration: Column Five Media, Brandon Palacio
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The world’s “proven” oil reserves, those that are readily recoverable with present-day technology, are estimated to be about 1.4 trillion barrels of oil. With daily global consumption around 85 million barrels and edging toward 100 million, we’re on schedule to run out of easily extracted oil in a generation.

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