The NYT has an excellent piece today presenting evidence that the Energy Information Agency has been presenting an overly optimistic picture of potential shale oil reserves as a result of relying on industry claims instead of independent analysis.

It also has a piece on an rule change by the Securities and Exchange Commission that allowed gas companies to claim much larger reserves. Yesterday it ran a piece suggesting (based on internal e-mails and discussions with company insiders) that these companies were inflating their reserves in press releases and other company documents.

This is what newspapers are supposed to do.

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