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Nature defends natural gas story over EIA objections

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A Nature article from early December questioning how long the North American natural gas boom could really last earned stinging letters this week from the EIA and University of Texas researchers.
Protesters of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline at a rally in Washington, D.C. (Puneet Kollipara / the Houston Chronicle)

Analyst: Permit denial’s impact ‘minimal’ if Keystone OK’d in 2013

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The Obama administration’s denial of a permit wouldn’t have much impact on future U.S. crude imports from Canada if a new application can be approved by 2013, an energy analyst told Congress. But he added the permit’s denial nonetheless raises uncertainty about U.S. and Canadian supply growth.
Energy Information Administration's natural gas projections from the 2011 Annual Energy Outlook.

Report: Energy imports’ share of demand down almost half by 2035

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Increases in domestic oil-and-gas production, efficiency and use of renewables will cut imports’ share of U.S. energy demand nearly in half by 2035, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.
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EIA officials stand by natural gas predictions

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The U.S. may have a 100-year supply of natural gas locked underground, but how much of it gets extracted hinges on what the federal government does to promote the fuel, energy experts told a Senate panel today. A top official at the government’s Energy Information Administration also defended his agency’s predictions about abundant domestic natural gas supply.