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Oil Supply Crisis From War in Libya? Free Trade Begs to Differ

Apr 06, 2011 at 07:26 | Dian L. Chu

The recent news from Libya suggests that a transitional government is already being put in place as BBC reports that Libya's opposition groups is set to export first oil shipment,…

Peak Oil and Depopulation

Mar 30, 2011 at 04:14 | Gail Tverberg

The growth of the human population cannot continue forever—there is a limit to our numbers, even if we cannot specify what that limit might be.  There is also a limit…

Libya: But What About The Oil?

Mar 23, 2011 at 14:24 | Ferdinand E. Banks

As I pen these few humble words, Swedish combat aircraft are being tuned up for the long flight from Sweden to somewhere in the Mediterranean. There is no  shortage of…

OPEC: Beginning of The End?

Mar 23, 2011 at 06:44 | Dian L. Chu

The recent uprising in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) region, which culminated in an UN sanctioned military acton against Libya, suggests that the eventual break-up of the 'Organization…

Oil Isn’t What It Used to Be

Mar 23, 2011 at 06:26 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Virtually every analyst has been puzzled by the seeming immunity of stock markets to soaring oil prices this year. In fact, stocks and crude have been tracking almost one to…

Peak Oil, Cheap Oil and Stagflation

Mar 21, 2011 at 10:00 | Business Insider

America is addicted to oil. We deem it a constitutional right to drive Hummers and have $4 a gallon gasoline. But there is an Achille’s heel to our lifestyle—oil is…

Scientists Develop More Efficient Way to Extract Oil from Oil Sands

Mar 21, 2011 at 09:55 | Al Fin

Oil sands represent approximately two-thirds of the world’s estimated oil reserves. Canada is the world’s major producer of unconventional petroleum from sands, and the U.S. imports more than one million…

Reducing America’s Reliance on Foreign Oil

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:53 | Stuart Burns

The high price of oil won’t have passed you by if you’ve had to fuel your car or your home boiler recently, and the values of oil exporters’ currencies are…

Peak Oil Confronts Peak Idiocracy: What to Do?

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:21 | Al Fin

Political restrictions on international oil drilling by OPEC, Russia, and other national oil companies and dictatorships is driving international companies to drill in more extreme environments. Extreme offshore drilling is…

Update on Libyan Oil Production

Mar 15, 2011 at 08:53 | Global Intelligence Report

The trajectory of Libyan oil production remains concerning. Estimates of current shut in production vary from a low of 500,000 barrels/day (b/d) to over 1 million, from a total production…

Peak Oil – Scaremongering or Soon Reality?

Mar 14, 2011 at 09:04 | Ronald Stoeferle

As pointed out in previous reports we think that the maximum global production of conventional oil could soon be reached. There is no doubt that peak oil is more than…

How to Live in a World with Declining Oil Production

Mar 14, 2011 at 08:58 | Gail Tverberg

We don’t know precisely how oil supply will work out, but if it declines quickly, we need to think about how we can deal with such an outcome. A quick…

What will Saudi Arabia do?

Mar 11, 2011 at 07:16 | James Hamilton

One key question in determining the impact of instability in Libya and elsewhere on world oil markets is how much other countries can and will increase production to offset the…

Oil Production Fears Increase as Unrest Spreads to Oman

Mar 09, 2011 at 07:35 | The Oil Drum

There are reports that the unrest in the Middle East has spread to the Sultanate of Oman. While at the moment there have been only one or perhaps two deaths,…

Peak Oil, The Middle East and Western Civilizations Sandy Foundations

Mar 08, 2011 at 07:30 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Political tensions in the Middle East once again remind us of the fragile dependency of the Western nations on imported petroleum, which have driven the price of a barrel of…

Despite Huge Resources Only a Small Amount of Oil is Recoverable

Mar 02, 2011 at 10:11 | Gail Tverberg

The world holds a huge amount of oil resources. Besides liquid oil, there is very heavy oil in various forms. There is also liquid oil trapped in oil shale, oil…

Oil Supply Disruptions in The Middle East Now Becoming Evident

Mar 01, 2011 at 08:09 | The Oil Drum

The impacts of the disruptions in the Middle East are now starting to become evident as supplies no longer flow into the delivery pipelines that carry fuel from countries such…

America’s Role in the Global Oil Market

Feb 28, 2011 at 07:35 | Charles Hugh Smith

It's pretty easy to sum up America's role in the global market for oil: We need it, they got it. Here are the numbers, via the U.S. Energy Information Administration…

Investors Jumping On-Board the Colombian Oil Bandwagon

Feb 25, 2011 at 08:15 | Southern Pulse

Carlos Slim announced in early February that he would increase his investments in Colombia, particularly in the oil sector. This week he backed up his statement by having his Grupo…

Forget Libya, The Smart Money is Eyeing Developments in Saudi Arabia

Feb 25, 2011 at 07:49 | Hidden Levers

The smart money has their eyes on Saudi Arabia. Will the protests there turn ugly?All the drama seen on the streets, from the unnecessary deaths to Muammar Gadhafi’s rhetoric…

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