The Technical Failure That Could Clear The Oil Glut In A Matter Of Weeks

The following article by Cyril Widdershoven of Oilprice.com takes a look at the recent technical glitch that could cut Saudi production by as much as 900,000 barrels per day. Many Middle East oil fields are aging and are experiencing technical … [Read more...]

Where Will Oil Prices Be in 2020?

The oil industry is notoriously cyclical. Perhaps because it takes so long to bring new supply on-line. As prices rise and the industry blossoms the oil machinery kicks into gear. Independants locate the oil and the fields get bought up by majors who … [Read more...]

The Truth About the Russia-Saudi Oil Deal

If you follow the oil news, you've probably heard about the OPEC oil deal between Russia and the energy ministers from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Venezuela. When the news was announced Oil prices jumped. But if you think this deal actually means … [Read more...]

Russia Cries Uncle on Oil

Russia Cries Dyadya (Uncle), Is Saudi Arabia Listening? In recent days, signs of a possible breakthrough in the year-long stand-off between Russia and Saudi Arabia on crude production strategy have emerged. Saudi Arabia, OPEC's dominant member, has … [Read more...]

Are Low Crude Oil Prices a “Boom Or A Curse” For The World Economy?

As the chart to the left shows, in the period from 2002 until 2014 the U.S. moved from 3rd place to 1st place in world crude oil production. This is primarily due to the improvement in "fracking" technology which has led to the massive increase in … [Read more...]

OPEC Self-Destruction Thanks To Saudi Oil Strategy?

"If you are the world's leading energy economy, you produce energy, that's what you do." "A government can stay irrational longer than it can stay solvent." "Even in the short term, you're dead, if you commit suicide." The first quote modifies … [Read more...]

Driving Down Oil Prices Just to Hurt Russia is “Simplistic”

In the global chess game of energy politics every move affects more than a single opponent and the effects of low oil prices are not equally distributed. Some countries will be hurt by low prices more than others. Who will lower oil prices hurt more, … [Read more...]

Death of the Petrodollar

Ever since the "Bretton Woods" agreement the U.S. Dollar had the status of a world reserve currency which boosted our economy and gave us an advantage that other currencies didn't have. After inflation forced Nixon to abandon the Gold standard, … [Read more...]

Egypt Marches to Saudi Drummer

When watching the news on TV we are given little blurbs about a robbery at the local 7/11 but we really don't learn much about what is really going on in the world. Even when the news is focused on "Arab Spring" we don't learn much about the politics … [Read more...]