Wall Street investors have started pouring billions into the energy sector, persuaded that prices not only of crude oil but stocks of energy companies have hit bottom. They just might be premature.

Oil man Aubrey McClendon's impact is being felt every time any driver pulls up to the pump or pulls out his checkbook to pay his utility bill.

Despite protestations to the contrary emanating from the Houston conference last week, the oil industry is facing increasingly severe difficulties.

For Russia's natural gas customers, the supplies of liquefied natural gas coming from the United States are more than welcome. They spell freedom.

A so-called agreement to limit oil production to help boost prices faded almost immediately, along with stock and oil prices, when it was realized there was no agreement after all.

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