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A short history of oil: 1900 to 2010

Apr 20, 2011
Over the past century, the center of crude oil production has shifted across the globe.
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One year after BP spill, geopolitics of oil intensifies

Apr 19, 2011
All the easy oil is gone. Now, it'll be harder to reach, and to buy from unstable foreign governments.
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Era of 'tough oil' won't deter drillers

Apr 18, 2011
Nowadays, oil is tough to get, expensive and risky. Yet true believers in the oil sector say they're up to the task -- and have the track record to prove it.
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We live in a petroleum-saturated world. Literally. Despite fears of reserve shortages and declining crude, world oil production has experienced a steady rise in recent years, to the tune of an estimated 72.26 million barrels a day for 2009, up from 65.92 million barrels a day in 1999.

On the one-year anniversary of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, we take a look at the future of crude as we enter an era of "tough oil." This interactive map - and our coverage below - examines how world crude oil production has shifted over the years, particularly from 1960 to 2010, as oil producers search for new locations and methods for extracting oil.

 
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