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Mary Schaper
Posted April 9, 2014

U.S. Energy and the Geopolitical Future

Wall Street Journal: The global energy equation has changed dramatically in recent years, thanks in large part to the impact of the shale-gas revolution. To get a handle on how the expectations of huge gas exports may shape the geopolitical future, The Wall Street Journal's John Bussey talked to Daniel Yergin, author and Vice Chairman of IHS Inc. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

MR. BUSSEY: Give us a geopolitical map of the world. What are the rising and diminishing powers?

MR. YERGIN: We're seeing a rebalancing of global oil supply in which we're going to a have a north-south and south-north flow in the Western Hemisphere. That means that the Middle East and Asia, and particularly China, are going to be much more connected. That raises very interesting questions about who's responsible for guarding the sea lanes and so forth.

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Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.