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EU Discusses $65-70 Price Cap On Russian Oil

EU Discusses $65-70 Price Cap On Russian Oil

The European Union is currently…

Are Fears Of China’s Oil Demand Slump Overblown?

Are Fears Of China’s Oil Demand Slump Overblown?

Concerns about China’s wavering crude…

Energy / Crude Oil

Iran Opens Oil Bourse - Harbinger of Trouble for New York and London?

Jul 18, 2011 at 08:32 | John Daly

The last three years of global recession have dealt a major blow to American capitalist ideas trumpeted throughout the world on the value of “free markets.” Wall St has been…

The Relationship between Peak Oil and Peak Debt - Part 2

Jul 14, 2011 at 08:05 | Gail Tverberg

In Part 1 of this post, I pointed out that an economy is closely linked with the resources that underly it. Because of this, if there is really is a…

The Relationship Between Peak Oil and Peak Debt - Part 1

Jul 12, 2011 at 07:59 | Gail Tverberg

There is really a two-way link between peak oil and peak debt: 1. Peak oil tends to cause peak debt. Some will argue with me about this, because they believe…

South Sudan - The World's Newest, Fragile, Oil-Rich Petrostate

Jul 11, 2011 at 08:37 | John Daly

Saturday, 9 July saw an event unusual in global politics - the emergence of a large Christan black petrostate, 90 percent of whose inhabitants live below the poverty line on…

Ambush in the Oil Market

Jun 29, 2011 at 19:38 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The most significant development in the financial markets during my recent sojourns in Europe was the International Energy Agency’s shocking release of strategic petroleum reserves. Unprecedented during peacetime, the move…

Saudi Arabia Using Oil as an Economic Weapon Against Iran

Jun 28, 2011 at 07:40 | Energy Digital

Saudi Arabia fears Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons, and may flood the market with its oil reserves to bankrupt Tehran Saudi Arabia and Iran have been in a bitter dispute…

Releasing Oil From the SPR - A Desperate Economic Fix as QE2 Comes to an End?

Jun 27, 2011 at 08:29 | Gail Tverberg

The International Energy Association (IEA) announced a plan on Thursday last week to make 60 million barrels of oil available to the market over the next month from the Strategic Petroleum…

What is Obama Trying to Achieve with Thursday’s Shocking Oil Announcement?

Jun 25, 2011 at 08:57 | Bruce Krasting

I’m surprised by the move by the President and the IEA. What’s this about? Is it about the price of oil? Before the announcement WTI was sitting around 95. That’s…

Oil Recovery Techniques: Using Microbes to Recover Trapped Oil

Jun 14, 2011 at 08:34 | Brian Westenhaus

The financial crisis of 2008 and the high gasoline prices that have haunted consumers since has the Peak Oil debate pressuring enhanced oil recovery. Today there are many countries talking…

Rapidly Increasing Chinese Oil Demand

Jun 14, 2011 at 08:24 | James Hamilton

Stuart Staniford notes that the number of trucks and passenger vehicles in China has been growing at about 23% each year.

Peak Oil and our Uncertain Future

Jun 13, 2011 at 07:04 | Post Carbon

The world is beginning to look a lot like the August of 1914 or perhaps the summer of 1939 all over again. This time instead of the great powers of…

Just How Significant is the OPEC Announcement?

Jun 10, 2011 at 07:23 | James Hamilton

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)  announced on Tuesday that its members could not reach an agreement to change OPEC's production quotas. How significant is that announcement? In…

Global Oil Reserves Increase by 6.6 Billion Barrels in 2010

Jun 10, 2011 at 07:20 | Al Fin

In the absence of replenishment by successful exploration or reserves growth, so-called 'reserves replacement', proved reserves would tend to decline over time as production depleted the existing reserve base. However,…

Are U.S. Bureaucrats About to Make a Huge Oil Supply Blunder?

Jun 09, 2011 at 08:21 | Brian Westenhaus

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got the file Monday as the State Department concluded a public comment period on its draft environmental impact statement, and will publish a final…

The Oil Beneath California

Jun 07, 2011 at 07:41 | Dave Summers

The development of oil in Texas produced, in its time, the four richest men in the world (H.L. Hunt, Sid Richardson, Roy Cullen and Clint Murchison) and the single richest…

Offshore Oil Dispute in South China Sea Has Enormous Global Implications

Jun 03, 2011 at 07:48 | John Daly

The world’s unceasing quest for new oil deposits has combined with offshore technology to impel many countries to investigate their offshore resources in their “exclusive economic zone,”  (EEZ) defined by…

Peak Oil and the Collapse of the Soviet Union

May 30, 2011 at 08:34 | The Oil Drum

Synopsis: The causes of the fall of the Soviet Union are thought to be inefficiency and the Soviet response to the Reagan Administration’s military buildup of the early 1980s. However,…

UK Government Predicting Peak Oil Within 5 Years

May 23, 2011 at 22:05 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The UK Secretary for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, has committed to establish an "Oil Shock Response Plan" to cope with some of the consequences of peak oil (

Sunday Oil Market Roundup

May 22, 2011 at 10:32 | Dave Cohen

The Nymex oil price has calmed down a bit in the last week, and now stands at $100.10/barrel.  Mysteriously, that's about 3 bucks higher than it was 2 weeks ago.…

The Bear Case for Oil

May 21, 2011 at 11:14 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Let’s do some out of the box thinking here. Let’s say that the global economy is really slowing down. The demand for oil will fall. Let’s say that China continues…

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