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Producers that Can Pump at $60/bbl Oil: Interview with Evan Smith

December 7, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Evan Smith joined U.S. Global Investors in 2004 as co-portfolio manager of the Global Resources Fund (PSPFX). Previously, he was a trader with Koch Capital Markets in Houston, where he executed quantitative long-short equities strategies.[read more]

Substitution Effects Capping Future Oil Demand Growth

October 8, 2013 by Amy Myers Jaffe

It is often said that the cure for high oil prices is high oil prices. History would argue that oil is a cyclical industry and that prices above competitive substitutes for oil invite fuel switching. Evidence is mounting that such substitution is already taking place.[read more]

Our Oil Problems are Not Over!

October 4, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

Oil Pricing Problems

If a person reads US newspapers, it is easy to get the impression that all of the world’s oil problems are over. But this is not really the case, as a major piece of the world’s oil problem is high price. Prices continue to be far above historic levels.[read more]

Cheaper Oil: Chaos or Prosperity?

July 27, 2013 by Gal Sitty

Results of Cheap Oil?

Oil permeates all sectors of our economy, national security, international relations and so much more. A major shock to oil prices, up or down, would have many effects. However, if oil prices dropped, the positives would outweigh the negatives on a global scale.[read more]

High Oil Prices Starting to Affect China and India

June 10, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

China's oil prices and consumption

A big part of China and India’s problems is that they, like the United States and most of Europe, are oil importers. There is a big difference in the impact of high oil prices on oil importing countries compared to oil exporting countries.[read more]

Could US Oil Trends Alter How Oil Prices Are Set?

June 10, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

US oil export policy merits a thorough reevaluation, and soon, because the regional impacts of a continued no-export stance could become pronounced, even if the US never reached overall oil self-sufficiency[read more]

Food vs. Fuel: Oil and Rising Food Prices

June 6, 2013 by Gal Sitty

food prices

Last week, the World Bank released a new report that further confirms what most of us have known for a long time — that rising crude oil prices are the biggest contributor to rising food prices.[read more]

Energy Risk and Limits: What Can We Do?

June 3, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

recent oil prices

If we are dealing with a financial crash, oil prices may in fact be lower, but people will still be unable to afford the oil because of other issues, such as lack of jobs or lack of access to money in their bank accounts.[read more]

Oil Limits and Climate Change

May 28, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

future energy consumption?

If future energy consumption (which is mostly fossil fuel) drops because of a financial collapse brought on by high oil prices and other limits, then, at least in theory, climate change should be less of a problem.[read more]

Bound by the Chains of Oil: The Need for Energy Innovation

May 22, 2013 by Gal Sitty

bound by oil prices?

So, when gas prices go up, we all suffer and our economy lags. What we really need are more choices to break the iron-clad grip that oil prices have on our lives and our economy.[read more]

Rising U.S. Oil Supply and the Impact on Global Markets

May 20, 2013 by Mark Green

oil economics at the pump

The recent growth in U.S. production has helped reduce the price of Brent crude, a leading global benchmark, by about $25 a barrel. That’s big, because the cost of crude oil is the single biggest factor in the price of gasoline.[read more]

What Would it Take to Get to a Steady State Economy?

May 17, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

We seem to be headed for collapse, because humans’ growth is so far out of line in relationship to that of other species. In addition, there are many other limits, including the cost of oil extraction and availability of fresh water.[read more]

How Will Oil's Current Slide Affect Gasoline Prices?

April 18, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Longer-term, oil and gasoline prices remain as unpredictable as ever. However, the trends producing today's weaker prices could have staying power, including the US shale, or "tight oil" upsurge, and fuel economy improvements.[read more]

Can Tar Sands Development Continue Without Keystone XL?

March 15, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

With prices for tar sands oil breaking below $60/barrel for the first time since 2010, the fate of the tar sands oil industry seems more tied to the approval of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline than ever.[read more]

How High Oil Prices Lead to Recession

January 25, 2013 by Gail Tverberg

There is ample evidence that spikes in oil prices leads to recession, at least in the US, which is an oil-importing nation. James Hamilton has shown that 10 out of the last 11 US recessions were associated with oil price spikes. How does this happen? An oil product, such as jet fuel, is in some ways analogous to a specialized employee, with skills different from what human employees have.[read more]