The United States has become the world's leading producer of oil and natural gas — reshaping the global energy economy from the shipping lanes of the Middle East to the factories of the Midwest. President Trump hopes to call attention to that change on Tuesday when he tours a petrochemical plant in western Pennsylvania. Cheap and abundant energy has fueled a resurgence in domestic manufacturing. But the growth in oil and gas production began more than a decade ago — well before Trump took office. And U.S. factory gains have slowed amid the uncertainty of the president's trade war. Last year, the United States surpassed both Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest crude oil producer . The administration says its tax cuts and deregulation...
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Energy Boom That Trump Celebrates Began Years Before He Took Office