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America’s Role in the Global Oil Market

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

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

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…

Libya's Role in World Oil Production, Past and Future

Libya's Role in World Oil Production, Past and Future

Feb 24, 2011 at 08:04 | The Oil Drum

Libya is a relatively new country, having declared independence in 1951. For the last 39 years, the country has been ruled by a single man, Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi. Over the…

Why a Stable Libya is So Important to OPEC and World Oil Production

Why a Stable Libya is So Important to OPEC and World Oil Production

Feb 23, 2011 at 09:35 | Gail Tverberg

We keep hearing about unrest in the Middle East and Northern Africa, with Libya being the latest country to get top billing. Why all of the concern, especially related to…

The Resurrection of Peak Oil

The Resurrection of Peak Oil

Feb 21, 2011 at 15:31 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

It has been a long wait for “peak oilers,” whose passionate belief is that the world will run out of oil in coming years, sending prices through the roof. This…

Realignment in Oil Pricing Could Dramatically Effect Energy Stocks

Realignment in Oil Pricing Could Dramatically Effect Energy Stocks

Feb 21, 2011 at 08:32 | Business Insider

The historic disconnect between West Texas Intermediate, the global oil benchmark traded at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange(CME), and Brent crude oil, the relative "upstart" traded at the IntercontinentalExchange(ICE), is more,…

A Look at Oil Shale

A Look at Oil Shale

Feb 18, 2011 at 08:41 | Andy Soos

Oil shale, which is an organic-rich fine-grained sedimentary rock, contains significant amounts of kerogen (a solid mixture of organic chemical compounds) from which liquid hydrocarbons can be extracted. Kerogen requires…

Peak Oil is Not a Future Event – Saudi Arabia’s Overstated Reserves Help Prove This

Peak Oil is Not a Future Event – Saudi Arabia’s Overstated Reserves Help Prove This

Feb 18, 2011 at 08:35 | Business Insider

A lot of noise is being made about Wikileaks info that says the US thinks the Saudi’s are overstating their Proven Reserves by about 40%. This isn’t news.  It has…

Is shale Oil the Answer to Peak Oil?

Is shale Oil the Answer to Peak Oil?

Feb 17, 2011 at 08:11 | Gail Tverberg

Readers have been asking questions about a couple of shale oil articles recently. One is an AP article called New drilling method opens vast oil fields in US. A…


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