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Climate Change, Trade Wars And The Networked World

| November 15, 2018 | 0 Comments
Climate Change, Trade Wars And The Networked World

The increasing connectedness of the global economic system has long been touted as the path to greater prosperity and peaceful relations among nations and their peoples. There’s just one hitch: Complex systems have more points of failure and also hidden risks that only surface when something goes wrong. For example, our dependence on cheap shipping […]

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Shale Marching Higher Despite Lower Oil Prices

| November 8, 2018 | 0 Comments
Shale Marching Higher Despite Lower Oil Prices

The shale oil revolution is still going strong… That’s the story of today’s chart, which maps U.S. daily oil production in the top-five shale oil regions from 2013 to today… and projects production to 2025. The five regions are: Permian (Delaware), Permian (Midland), Eagle Ford (in Texas), Bakken (in parts of Montana), and Niobrara (in […]

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From Shale Oil To Shale Fail

| November 1, 2018 | 0 Comments
From Shale Oil To Shale Fail

I’m tempted to say the following to the writers of two recent pieces outlining the continuing negative free cash flow of companies fracking for oil in America: “Tell me something I don’t already know.” But apparently their message (which has been true for years) needs to be repeated. This is because investors can’t seem to […]

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Oil Market Outlook, October 2018

| October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments
Oil Market Outlook, October 2018

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its Short-Term Energy Outlook for October, and it shows that OECD oil inventories likely bottomed in July at 2.806 billion barrels. It shows inventories rising in the third quarter, contrary to the normal seasonal trend. However, it forecasts that stocks will drop in December to 2.817 billion after the […]

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Oil Jumps After Saudi Vows To Retaliate Against Any ‘Punitive Measures’ Over Journalist Disappearance

| October 16, 2018 | 0 Comments
Oil Jumps After Saudi Vows To Retaliate Against Any ‘Punitive Measures’ Over Journalist Disappearance

WTI Crude prices are up around 2% in the early Sunday trading after Saudi Arabia appears to be now attempting to go on the offensive and is lashing out as it does damage control in the aftermath of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul nearly two weeks ago. What likely sparked […]

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Is Climate Change A Real “Crisis”?

| October 9, 2018 | 0 Comments
Is Climate Change A Real “Crisis”?

The United States government has now officially embraced climate change as a catastrophe in the making. Only it contends that the catastrophe is now inevitable no matter what humans do…and so, we should do nothing at all since whatever we do won’t matter much. That, at least, was the justification offered for freezing fuel-efficiency standards […]

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World Oil Supply, Demand And Price Outlook, September 2018

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments
World Oil Supply, Demand And Price Outlook, September 2018

The Energy Information Administration released its Short-Term Energy Outlook for September, and it shows that OECD oil inventories likely bottomed in July at 2.804 billion barrels. It shows inventories rising in the third quarter, contrary to the usual seasonal trend. However, it forecasts that stocks will drop in December to 2.798 billion after the Iranian […]

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Why Oil Prices Fell — Stockpiles Or Price Pattern?

| August 30, 2018 | 0 Comments
Why Oil Prices Fell — Stockpiles Or Price Pattern?

Let’s cut right to the chart below. The shaded triangle highlights the dramatic price action in crude oil prices on August 15, when crude plummeted 3% to its lowest level in over nine weeks. Now, according to the mainstream experts, the number one catalyst for crude’s collapse was a shockingly bearish same-day Energy Information Administration […]

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Oil Price War Now Between Saudi And Iran

| August 21, 2018 | 0 Comments
Oil Price War Now Between Saudi And Iran

The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran is becoming increasingly evident in the oil pricing policies of the two large Middle Eastern producers. The two countries are currently reigniting the market share and pricing war ahead of the returning U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil. Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest producer, has been boosting oil production to […]

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Charting Electric Car’s Bumpy Road Ahead

| August 14, 2018 | 0 Comments
Charting Electric Car’s Bumpy Road Ahead

The surge in demand for electric cars has been fueled in part by the falling costs of lithium-ion batteries—driven by technological progress—which power everything from electric cars to smartphones. Lithium and cobalt are critical components in batteries for electric cars. The rapid growth in the demand for rechargeable batteries has now driven up these raw material […]

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