According to the US panel, 'fracking' to release gas deposits in shale can be done in an environmentally responsible way. The industry hailed the report as refuting shrill critics, but environmentalists decried 'advocacy-based science' by a panel tilted toward the industry.
Gasoline prices in the US now average over $3.50 a gallon, and may be heading for $4. Obama is considering a move to lower prices by selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. But his actions say otherwise.
As president heads to France, Europeans ask how best to respond to an ally that is suddenly sending all the signals it has hoped for.