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NPR: Hungry For Oil: Feeding America’s Expensive Habit

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Every day the United States goes through another 20 million barrels of oil. Finding enough crude to supply the country’s oil habit is difficult because much of the oil that’s easy to get to is gone. Now companies are extracting oil in places that are expensive to drill and raise concerns about safety and the environment. BP’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is the most obvious example.

Out on the rolling prairies of North Dakota — and just about everywhere else — oil doesn’t bubble up out of the ground anymore. You have to go in and force it out.

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