There is enough recoverable natural gas in the US that it could help boost the world economy, not just our own. That's what some analysts are saying.
By harvesting the abundant supply of shale gas here at home, it would all but eliminate the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) imports that have been coming into the US. That would make much more nat gas available for other countries, thereby creating a 'buyer's market'. That means lower energy prices and more disposable income, a winning combination to help revive sputtering economies around the globe.