[Editor’s note: Opinions expressed by the author are their own.]

The heyday of America’s mighty oil and gas industry may be passing.

This week three huge pipeline projects, whose combined length would stretch from New York to San Diego, were ditched. Further oil and gas output growth in the world’s most prolific energy market depends on new infrastructure. Building it has become immeasurably harder.

This was not supposed to happen under Donald Trump, whose administration has pulled environmental rules to push more drilling—“unleashing American energy dominance”, as the U.S. president put it in 2019.

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