Editorial: Obama, Romney, Aeschylus and US independence

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Tim Haïdar

"By 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables."W. Mitt Romney

"Unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country's energy plan, or endanger our coastlines, or collect another $4 billion in corporate welfare from our taxpayers."Barack H. Obama

"If you pour oil and vinegar into the same vessel, you would call them not friends but opponents." - Aeschylus

After 18 months of beating the political trail in a campaign rumoured to top $2.5 billion, the US election is upon on us. No more hustings and stump speeches, no more attack ads and personal hit pieces, just paper ballots, voting machines and choices.

In an election as tight as any in history, the destiny of the USA could all hinge on whether nine bellwether states turn Red or Blue in the race to the MAGIC 270 electoral college votes. A crucial 20 per cent of those 270 votes will come from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia – all of which share a portion of the Marcellus Shale Formation.

Seen by some as a golden opportunity and others as an environmental disaster in the making, do not discount that the partisan politics of shale may well decide the future of 311 million Americans.

Read more Oil & Gas Analysis in our Notes from the Editor


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