Crude oil prices
are high but well below the summer of 2008. Why then are gasoline
prices near the all time high when crude oil prices
reached $145 per barrel.
How much of
the oil price is due to Iran and how much to the six other countries
with the potential for a major supply interruption.? What is the impact
of a weakened European
economy? How much to the value of the dollar? How much can be
attributed to China and the
rest of Asia? Why did demand grow so fast in China, India and most of
the OPEC member countries? Is it all just due to their economic growth?
How much of the
price can be
attributed to speculators? How much is due to the index fund
speculation by institutional investors? Can the CFTC fix this problem?
Have we hit peak
oil, peak investment or peak consumption? How much spare oil production
capacity exists and how does it relate to price? Most spikes in oil
prices are associated with war or civil unrest in exporting countries.
Which producers are at greatest risk for war or revolution?
Geopolitical risk of a supply interruption has never been higher.
drilling for natural gas eliminate U.S. dependence on oil imports?
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the broader picture examining hydrocarbon's place in the world's energy
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