Category: ‘ Oil Prices ’

 

With or Without a Succession Crisis, a Host of Challenges

Saudi Arabia’s current king, Abdullah ibn Abdilaziz, is severely ill and has been hospitalized for over a week due to complications of pneumonia. As the King has reached the age of 91 and is reportedly incoherent in his speech...

2015 Energy Geopolitics: More Chaos Coming Our Way

“EIA estimates that members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), excluding Iran, will earn about $700 billion in revenue from net oil exports in 2014, a 14 percent decrease from 2013 earnings and the ...

2015 Energy Policy Forecast: Make or Break

2014 has, without question, been a watershed year for the intersection of oil markets, geopolitics, and domestic energy security. Within the past 12 months we’ve seen the most dramatic oil price swing since the financial crisis,...

What’s at Risk from Low Oil Prices?

Earlier this week, prices for West Texas Intermediate crude dipped below $60 per barrel, dipping past what many perceived as a line in the sand. Oil prices in the $50 range are nearly a 50 percent decline from their peak early thi...

Saudis to OPEC: This Isn’t a Democracy

Yesterday, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) decision to leave its production ceiling unchanged at 30 mbd was the latest indicator that politics and strategy within the “cartel” aren’t quite what th...

Crude by Rail Strengthens Food-Fuel Conundrum

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that farmers across the Midwest are facing “the worst rail delays in a decade,” hurting profits and driving up prices despite bumper crop yields. The rail delays are the worst...

Oil Security Index: October 2014 Update

This morning, SAFE released its latest quarterly update to the Oil Security Index, a tool measuring the relative oil security of more than a dozen countries around the world based on a set of key indicators. These indicators inc...

“A Good Sweating” for Oil Producers

As oil prices have continued their recent slide, speculation is growing about the implications for the oil majors, OPEC, and consumers. Saudi Arabia has already stated that it is unwilling to cut production again this year, and la...

Americans Remain Burdened by Gasoline Spending

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the 2013 Consumer Expenditure Survey, an important resource which sheds important light on the burden of gasoline prices on American consumers. There is some good news. Oil spending...

The “Oversupply” Narrative: Behind the Headlines

Last week’s moderate price slip, in which Brent Crude oil dropped to nearly $101 a barrel (from recent highs of $113 in June), and West Texas Intermediate fell to $93 per barrel (from $105, again in June), caused a flurry of pre...
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