Energy: The Tough Search for Power

A different kind of oil problem: getting at a bountiful supply

The Soviet Union, like the U.S., faces serious energy problems in the 1980s. The U.S.S.R. is by far the world's largest oil producer (11.9 million bbl. per day, vs. 9.5 million bbl. for Saudi Arabia). Nonetheless, in the view of many Western energy analysts, the Soviet Union will soon run into a petroleum bind even though the country is an Eden of energy riches.

The Soviet squeeze, however, is dramatically different from the American one. Energy wildcatters and big oil companies have exhaustively...

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