The U.S. energy sector may become the top influencer of the national economy, as shale natural gas production has increased domestic capacity and reduced demand for energy imports, research by America's Energy Advantage found. "Absolutely, the energy sector can be a basis for the U.S. becoming an industrial powerhouse," said Ken Ditzel, principal at Charles River Associates and data analyst for the study. "It's clear that the developments in the energy sector are feeding the manufacturing renaissance."

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