Iraq's Crude Awakening

IT'S ONLY A TRICKLE NOW, BUT IT COULD BECOME A GUSHER THAT ROCKS THE WORLD

Just to look at Iraq today, one would never know that it's an oil giant. It's a country nearly paralyzed by an energy crisis. Everywhere, drivers sit in endless lines of cars, sometimes for days, to buy gasoline. Electricity comes and goes. Homes lack fuel for cooking. Iraq's oil industry, which in its heyday produced 3.5 million bbl. a day, now produces little more than 5% of that. Refineries operate at less than 30% of capacity. But the picture belies a deeper reality: Iraq is potentially the most important new player in the global oil market. Although each day brings fresh...

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