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The new White House promises to be generous to energy. Some policies will be anything but

At 2016's CeraWeek, one of the US oil industry's biggest confabs, Oman's oil minister Mohammed bin Hamad al-Rumhi half joked that "next year, I may not be able to come here". Not long after, Donald Trump—then just a presidential hopeful—floated the idea of implementing a ban on all Muslims entering the US. Trump's run for the White House looked such a forlorn cause that Rumhi's line got a healthy laugh in the room. Fast forward a year, and in the first days of his administration President Trump issued an executive order that looked a lot like that promised Muslim ban. The US constitution explicitly bans discrimination based on religion, so the measure was tweaked to stand any chance in the

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