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Politics, Markets, and the Shift to Gas: Insights from Seven Historical Case Studies
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Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Working Paper #35

February 2005

Most energy forecasts envision a shift to gas in the world energy system over the coming decades. To realize that vision will require tapping increasingly remote gas resources and shipping them to distant gas markets in other countries. Few analysts have explored the robustness of such projections in the real world where political and institutional factors exert strong influences on whether governments and private investors will be able to muster the capital for long-distance pipelines and other infrastructure projects that are essential to a gas vision.

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