One of many positive things about the new U.S. shale energy revolution is that it is weakening OPEC, writes Walter Russell Mead in his blog, Via Meadia, at The American Interest.



Via Meadia: "Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries are meeting Friday†to discuss cutting production in response to the new US addition to the global oil market. But delegates have already hinted that the asymmetric impact of the shale revolution on OPECís member countries has weakened the blocís resolve and will mean no agreement on curbing supply.



"Thatís because US shale oil is pitting African members against Arab members. The new American oil bounty is of the light, sweet crude variety. Itís higher quality than the heavy crude produced by Gulf OPEC members. But countries like Nigeria, Algeria, and Angola have typically exported sweet crude to the US, and the shale boom is hitting them hardest. Exports from those African members dropped 41 percent from 2011 to 2012."



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