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Is Gasoline Set to Double in Price? Why do So Few People Seem to Care

Apr 25, 2010 at 19:00 | Charles Hugh Smith

Human beings resist change until there is no other choice, and then they adapt and habituate rather quickly. Human beings are remarkably adept at short-sightedness and denial. 100,000 years of…

Is Shale Gas the Holy Grail it's cracked up to be? Well Known Analyst Says No

Apr 25, 2010 at 19:00 | Business Insider

Compared to virtually all commodities of late, natural gas has been an absolute dog.  Holders of a certain natural gas ETF have been forced to ask themselves whether or not…

U.S. Housing Data Spurs Late Gains in Oil Prices after Mixed Week

Apr 22, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 04/19/2010 to 04/23/2010. After languishing most of the week, crude oil prices galloped to the finish line on Friday, tacking on 1.7% and recouping most of…

Algeria Meetings Show Continued Confusion About Natural Gas Outlook

Apr 21, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Natural gas experts are floundering for answers about the future of the fuel as the growth of shale gas production in the U.S. continues to flummox expectations. A pair of…

Changing Oil Consumption Habits: Fuel Efficiency in Light Vehicles

Apr 20, 2010 at 19:00 | James Hamilton

I recently highlighted grounds for pessimism about the ease with which the U.S. could significantly change our oil consumption habits. Here I highlight some interesting new research by U.C. Davis…

Shale Gas Changing Market Paradigm in U.S. as Electricity Prices Plummet, Report Says

Apr 18, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Wholesale electricity prices in the U.S. fell by more than half last year, driven largely by a decline of more than 50% in natural gas prices in what looks like…

Flexible Royalties are the key to Oil and Gas Exploration

Apr 18, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

The recent oil and gas boom has been an education for a lot of people. Including regulators. Designing oil and gas laws is not easy business. Especially when it comes…

Is Crude Oil Set for a Price Spike?

Apr 17, 2010 at 19:00 | Dian L. Chu

Crude futures ended at their lowest point this month Friday, as investors fled riskier assets after regulators charged Goldman Sachs with fraud. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for May delivery…

Iran Storing Oil at Sea Due to Weak Demand

Apr 16, 2010 at 19:00 | Business Insider

Iran, the world's fifth-largest oil producing nation, is increasing the amount of oil is stores in tankers at sea. Iranian officials say this is due to refinery overhauls and seasonality,…

SEC Charge Against Goldman has Volcanic Impact on Energy Markets

Apr 15, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 04/12/2010 to 04/16/2010. Oil prices plunged on Friday after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Goldman Sachs with fraud in its marketing of certain subprime…

U.S. Coal Industry Fights Climate Legislation at Congressional Hearing

Apr 14, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Under the shadow of the West Virginia coal mine disaster earlier this month, a congressional hearing Wednesday on the future of coal in a “new energy age” seemed at times…

Chinese Purchase of Oil Sands Stake Could Revalue Resource

Apr 11, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

The acquisition of a 9% stake in the Syncrude oil sands venture by China’s Sinopec for $4.65 billion – substantially more than expected – could pave the way for a…

Do Rising Oil Prices Threaten the Economic Recovery?

Apr 11, 2010 at 19:00 | James Hamilton

Ten of the 11 recessions in the United States since World War II have been preceded by a sharp increase in the price of crude petroleum. Oil had been…

High Inventories Keep Crude Oil Prices from Advancing on Week

Apr 08, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 04/05/2010 to 04/09/2010. Crude oil prices ended the week virtually unchanged from a week ago as optimism about demand warred with trepidation about historically high inventories…

Alaska Pipeline Project May Cost as Much as $40 Billion

Apr 07, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Two competing projects for a natural gas pipeline from Alaska to the lower 48 states put the cost somewhere between $32 billion and $40 billion, even as the explosion of…

Gas Producers Go to the Dark Side

Apr 06, 2010 at 19:00 | Dave Forest

It's finally happening. Gas producers are starting to crack. With the natural gas to oil price ratio running at a nearly-unprecedented 21-to-1 ($86.80 per barrel for crude versus $4.12 per…

Texas Acquisition Shows Shift of Gas Producers to Oil Investment

Apr 05, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

SandRidge Energy’s agreement this week to acquire Arena Resources, a producer of conventional oil in West Texas, for $1.6 billion is the latest example of natural gas companies seeking to…

Crude Prices Surge in Week, but Jobless Figures May Dampen Rise

Apr 02, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 03/29/2010 to 04/02/2010 In a week shortened by a holiday, crude oil futures reached an 18-month high, but U.S. jobless data released on Friday while commodities…

Good Day for Oil and Gas Companies as US East Coast Officially Opens for Drilling

Apr 02, 2010 at 14:33 | Dave Forest

On wednesday, the Obama administration announced comprehensive new regulations on offshore oil and gas drilling. Potentially opening some significant new acreage previously off limits to the petroleum industry. Under the…

U.S. Decision on Offshore Drilling Holds Promise of Future Oil, Brings Immediate Debate

Apr 01, 2010 at 15:34 | Darrell Delamaide

President Barack Obama’s move to lift a moratorium on new offshore drilling leases and to designate further areas for exploration won’t produce much oil in the near future, but is…

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