Dodd-Frank raises stakes in CFTC's push for energy position limits

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Public anger at Wall Street has been at fever pitch since the financial crisis, but the perceived role of dealers and speculators in driving up energy prices remains a particularly annoying issue for many Americans. So much so that debate over a relatively arcane and technical issue – whether regulators should impose position limits on energy futures markets – has drawn a cascade of passionate comments from members of the public.

Take Terry Roe, owner of a small poultry farm in Arkansas. He

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