'With the help from shale oil, the United States is the world's largest producer of oil in 2013, according to data presented at PIRA Energy Group's recent Retainer Client Seminar held in New York City.' - 'According to PIRA the US position as the largest oil supplier in the world looks to be secured for many years. Although growth rates of US shale liquids are expected to become smaller in the future, PIRA's forecast sees the US increasing the lead over the next two largest countries until after 2020'
CNBC: "Extreme weather such as hurricanes, flooding, freezing temperatures and wildfires has prompted some to rethink where they will spend their golden years...Another client in Austin suffered from the region’s deep freeze and power outages in February. When pipes froze and their condo flooded, they started to question their long-term plans, McGlothlin said.With the possibility of another cold snap, more home damage or future displacement, they are reconsidering where they are living."