GAS: High Hurdles for Imports

For Americans flying over the deserts of the Middle East, it is a doleful sight: mile after mile of flaring wellhead fires burning off natural gas, a fuel that has become painfully scarce in many parts of the U.S. Equally bounteous reserves of gas exist in many other parts of the world, from Soviet Siberia to the marshy fields of Holland—and several of the nations with the biggest reserves must export gas if they are to tap the potential wealth, because their populations are too small to use all they have (see chart)....

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