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Trump's America

A new president brought change on the regulatory front while tight oil rose again

Any discussion of North American energy in 2017 has to start with the unlikely ascendance of reality-TV star Donald Trump to the US presidency. Trump wasn't the oil and gas industry's preferred candidate, but in the new president it had a friend, if often fickle, once again in the White House. Trump moved swiftly to remake the American energy regulatory landscape, largely by trying to demolish Barack Obama's energy and climate legacy. Trump approved the high-profile Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines. His Environmental Protection Agency gutted a raft of anti-pollution regulations, including around methane emissions from oil and gas sites. The regulatory assault was capped by a move t

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