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Posted: Jul 13 2006, 09:30 PM
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Oil is over $75.00 a barrel now.

It will continue to rise and will surpass 100 dollars a barrel.

Considering that Canada supplies the USA with most of its oil and Saddam was a USA puppet and had no nuclear or biological weapons (like the nations who invaded Iraq possess).... so why did we invade?


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Thursday July 13, 2006
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Oil prices today climbed to new highs amid heightened political tensions in the Middle East and renewed disruptions in Nigeria.

Geopolitical concerns pushed the price of crude oil to nearly $76 a barrel. US crude traded 82 cents higher at $75.77 a barrel by lunchtime, after hitting a record $75.89. London Brent was up $1.12 at $75.51, after reaching a record $75.60.

The latest surge in oil prices came as Israel imposed a land, sea and air blockade of Lebanon after bombing dozens of targets including Beirut airport, a television station and villages in the south of the country.

The attacks followed a raid by the Hizbullah guerrilla group yesterday, in which eight Israeli soldiers were killed and two captured.

"Geopolitical tensions have stepped up - we are moving on to a new phase in Iran and Israel," Mike Wittner, of the investment bank Calyon, told Reuters.

"In the end, geopolitical risk is about a current supply disruption getting worse or a new one happening."

In other geopolitical concerns weighing on the markets, the Iran nuclear row appeared to be heading to the UN security council, while North Korea walked out of talks with South Korea. A drop in oil inventories in the US also added to worries.

In Nigeria, two suspected explosions at a crude pipeline operated by Agip, a unit of Italy's Eni, caused oil spills, compounding nervousness among oil traders.

Eni denied reports of sabotage and extensive oil spills and said damage would be repaired soon. Royal Dutch Shell has already had to cut Nigerian production by 473,000 barrels a day, almost a quarter of output in Africa's leading oil supplier, because of attacks by rebels.

The Qatari oil minister, Abdullah al-Attiyah, blamed speculators for the rise in oil prices, pointing out that there was no shortage of crude oil in world markets.

"The main thing we see is that there is no shortage in the market at all," he told reporters. "Speculators are using the geopolitical situation to their benefit and we are seeing how the oil prices are reacting."

Qatar is the smallest producer in Opec. The 11-member group has been powerless to stem oil's rally as rising world demand has used up much of the group's reserve production capacity.

Rising US demand is also increasing oil prices. US crude inventories dropped by 6m barrels last week as imports fell, a government report said yesterday.

The drop was five times larger than the 1.2m barrels forecast among analysts. US motorists, who use more than 40% of the world's petrol, bought 1.7% more fuel in the past four weeks compared with a year ago.

The data covered the Independence Day holiday weekend when annual oil demand peaks.

Most analysts thought the spurt in oil prices was likely to be short-lived. Share movements driven by geopolitical events have tended to reverse quickly over the past few years.

"Usually these things tend to calm down again," said Andreas Utermann, the global chief investment officer of Allianz Global Investors, adding that the danger for investors was if some unexpected crisis hit and then deteriorated."

Stock markets around the world fell sharply in May and June as it became clear that US central banks were gearing themselves up for higher interest rates.

The US Federal Reserve is poised for its 18th consecutive rise while the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan have also embarked on monetary tightening campaigns.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/oil/story/0,,1819879,00.html




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July 13, 2006
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SINGAPORE - Oil surged to record highs near $76 on Thursday as worries over lower U.S. crude stocks were underlined by increased tension in the oil-rich Middle East and suspected explosions at a pipeline in OPEC exporter Nigeria.

The world's fourth-biggest oil exporter Iran said it would not abandon the right to nuclear technology and Israel moved naval vessels into Lebanon's waters to impose a blockade.

U.S. crude futures traded 70 cents higher at $75.65 a barrel by 0825 GMT, after hitting a record of $75.89 as gains came on top of Wednesday's 79-cent rally. London Brent traded up $1.02 at $75.41 a barrel after a record $75.60.

"Geopolitical risk is out of control," said Tony Nunan, a manager of risk management at Mitsubishi Corp. 

"There's a pipeline attack in Nigeria, Israel is taking a strong stance and that's adding fuel to the fire, but more than anything it's U.S. gasoline demand holding up and the Iran situation."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday the world's fourth-largest oil exporter would not abandon its right to nuclear technology after Tehran's case was referred back to the U.N. Security Council over its nuclear dispute with the West.

In the world's eight-largest exporter Nigeria, two suspected explosions at a crude oil pipeline operated by Italy's Agip and feeding the Brass oil terminal caused massive oil spills in Nigeria's southern state of Bayelsa, state government officials said on Thursday. Output has already been cut by militant attacks.

Compounding tensions in the Middle East, Israel said on Thursday its naval vessels were in Lebanon's territorial waters and blocking access to ports as part of an offensive launched after Lebanese Hizbollah guerrillas captured two soldiers in a border clash.

And in Asia, North Korea blamed the South for the collapse of their first high-level talks since Pyongyang's missile tests sparked a regional crisis, saying Seoul would "pay a price" for the failure.

The series of real or potential supply threats have helped drive oil's 24 percent rally this year against a background of growing world demand.

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U.S. crude oil inventories slid 6 million barrels last week as imports fell nearly a million barrels per day (bpd), a government report said on Wednesday. The drop was five times larger than the 1.2 million barrels forecast among analysts polled by Reuters.

"The dramatic decrease in U.S. inventories is propping up the market and we're seeing an extension of the bullish sentiment which followed the numbers on Wednesday," said Dariusz Kowalczyk, senior investment strategist at CFC Securities in Hong Kong.

A shipping artery in Louisiana was closed for 10 days last month after an oil spill. Though it opened back up before the end of last week, the disruption may have continued to slow cargo deliveries to the region.

Gasoline stocks slipped 400,000 barrels, against a forecast decline of 100,000 barrels, on lower refinery production and as demand from the world's largest oil consumer remained strong.

U.S. motorists, who consume over 40 percent of the world's gasoline, bought 1.7 percent more fuel in the past four weeks compared with a year ago. The data covered the U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend when annual gasoline demand peaks.

Despite near record-high prices, growth in oil demand will rise more quickly through to 2011 than it did in the past decade, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Wednesday.

The IEA, adviser to 26 industrialized nations, predicted the world would need an extra 1.57 million bpd of oil to fuel economic growth in 2007, up from growth of 1.21 million bpd this year.

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Posted: Jul 14 2006, 05:48 PM
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Hi Pupp,

The sooner the better! Let it go over 200 usd/barrel. It will force clean energy out big time! We might be in for hungry period because of this, but then again, how many of us would like to shed a few pounds ;-)

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Posted: Jul 15 2006, 05:10 PM
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The sooner the better! Let it go over 200 usd/barrel. It will force clean energy out big time! We might be in for hungry period because of this, but then again, how many of us would like to shed a few pounds ;-)


Hi redniut, you have a good point and I have thought of that as well.

I need to lose 15-20 pounds.
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Posted: Jul 15 2006, 06:23 PM
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Speaking of losing some pounds, it will be difficult for consumers to get to work because of the high gas prices. Gas is supposed to get to $3 a gallon before the week is out. Why did the war start in Iraq? Well it was over oil and other excuses such as the hurricanes in the gulf states. It is ashamed that there is nothing being done such as alternative energy to surpress the use of natural oil.


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Posted: Sep 13 2007, 01:33 PM
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It's astounding how much the price of oil has risen since USrael/UK invaded Iraq and stole its oil.
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Oil hits $80 a barrel for first time
John Wilen
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12 Sep 2007
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Oil futures prices rose sharply Wednesday, briefly climbing above a record $80 a barrel after the government reported a surprisingly large drop in crude inventories and declines in gasoline supplies and refinery activity.

The report from the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration suggested oil supplies are tightening as demand remains strong. That's why oil prices are rising despite OPEC's decision on Tuesday to boost crude production by 500,000 barrels per day this fall, analysts said.

Despite Wednesday's jump, oil is still well below inflation-adjusted highs hit in early 1980. Depending on the adjustment, a $38 barrel of oil in 1980 would be worth $96 to $101 or more today.

Oil's recent advance has been largely due to speculative buying by big investment funds, who are responding to a price structure in which oil contracts for delivery in future months are cheaper than the current front-month contract, said Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch & Associates in Galena, Ill.

That kind of structure signifies tight demand in the immediate future, and is a buying incentive. Investors who buy now will end up with more oil contracts later, when October futures roll over to cheaper contracts for delivery in later months, Ritterbusch said.

"This is a market that wants to run up on the slightest bit of information," Ritterbusch said.

Prices were also being supported by worries a tropical depression that formed in the western Atlantic on Wednesday will become a hurricane and hit critical Gulf of Mexico oil and gas infrastructure.

"The National Hurricane Center says there's a good chance that could get into the Gulf," Ritterbusch said.

Light, sweet crude for October delivery rose $1.68 to settle at a record $79.91 on the New York Mercantile Exchange after rising as high as $80.18 earlier. October gasoline rose 3.49 cents to settle at $2.016 a gallon.

Nymex heating oil futures rose 3.64 cents to settle at $2.2191 a gallon, while natural gas futures jumped 50.4 cents to settle at $6.438 per 1,000 cubic feet. Natural gas prices typically react strongly to news of tropical weather due to the concentration of gas infrastructure in the Gulf.

In London, October Brent crude gained $1.30 to settle at $77.68 a barrel on the ICE Futures Exchange.

At the pump, meanwhile, the average national price of a gallon of gas inched higher by 0.1 cent overnight to $2.815, according to AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. Retail prices, which typically lag the futures market, peaked at $3.227 a gallon in late May.

In its weekly report on petroleum inventories, the EIA said crude oil supplies fell by 7.1 million barrels in the week ended Sept. 7, more than twice the 2.7 million-barrel decline analysts surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires, on average, had expected.

Gasoline inventories fell by 700,000 barrels, slightly more than the expected 500,000 barrel decline.

Refinery utilization fell by 1.6 percentage points to 90.5 percent of capacity. Analysts had expected a 0.1 percentage point decline. And inventories of distillates, which include heating oil and diesel fuel, grew by 1.8 million barrels, more than the 1.4 million-barrel increase analysts had expected.

Crude imports fell by 674,000 barrels a day on average last week to 9.56 million barrels, while gasoline imports fell an average of 298,000 barrels a day to 1.02 million barrels a day.

Demand for gasoline averaged about 9.6 million barrels a day over the last four weeks, about 0.9 percent above last year, EIA said.

Oil's run-up has perplexed some analysts, who expect demand for oil and petroleum products to cool this fall.

"We're at records, but it doesn't appear to be sustainable," said Chip Hodge, energy portfolio manager at John Hancock Financial Securities in Boston.

Indeed, the Paris-based International Energy Agency on Wednesday slightly lowered oil demand forecasts for this year and next.

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Posted: Sep 15 2007, 01:07 PM
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Lindsey Williams wrote a book entitled THE ENERGY NON CRISIS. The author claims that there is so much oil on this earth that will provide fuel for probably thousands of years.

In that case, Pupp, ISLAM WILL RULE THE WORLD!!!


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Oil Above $96 on Drop in US Supplies
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The price of oil rose to a new record above $96 a barrel Thursday after a surprise drop in U.S. crude stockpiles raised concerns about supplies for coming winter demand. Other energy futures also gained.

It was the second week in a row the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a sharp and unexpected drop in oil inventories.

"The decline in U.S. crude oil inventories has been a key driver of oil prices," said David Moore, commodity strategist at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney.

Light, sweet crude for December delivery rose as high as $96.24 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange by midafternoon in Singapore before dropping back to $95.59 a barrel.

Crude prices have reached inflation-adjusted highs set in early 1980. Depending on the how the adjustment is calculated, $38 a barrel then would be worth $96 to $101 or more today.

"We are stepping into an unknown area. Nobody wants to sell (given the fear of a) further rise," broker Ken Hasegawa of Fimat Japan told Dow Jones Newswires.

The December Nymex crude contract rose $4.15 Wednesday to $94.53 a barrel - the highest-ever settlement.

December Brent crude futures also surged to a new trading record of $91.63 a barrel Thursday on the ICE futures exchange in London, up $1 from the previous session, before retreating to $91.37.

In its weekly inventory report, the U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration said oil supplies fell by 3.9 million barrels last week. Analysts surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires, on average, had expected an increase of 100,000 barrels.

"The report acted to solidify concerns about the possibility of tightening market conditions ahead of the northern winter," Moore said.

Much of that decline was due to a big drop in crude supplies at a closely watched oil terminal in Cushing, Oklahoma.

Cushing supplies have been under pressure in recent months due to differences in the price between front-month oil contracts and those for delivery in future months. This price difference, or spread, has given storage tank owners a financial incentive to sell their oil, rather than hold it in inventory. Analysts have also blamed falling Cushing supplies, in part, for the rally in which oil prices have jumped 35 percent since August.

The EIA also reported that refinery activity fell by 0.9 percentage point last week to 86.2 percent of capacity. Analysts had expected an increase of 0.5 percentage point.

Supplies of gasoline rose last week by 1.3 million barrels. Analysts expected a 400,000-barrel decrease.

And inventories of distillates, which include heating oil and diesel fuel, rose by 800,000 barrels. Analysts had expected a 1 million barrel decrease.

The U.S. Federal Reserve's move to cut interest rates by a quarter point also supported prices.

Interest rate cuts generally support oil prices because they tend to send the U.S. dollar downward; the dollar is already at multiple- decade lows against major currencies.

Oil futures have been driven to record levels in recent months partly because they offer a hedge against a weak dollar.

Other energy futures followed oil's lead. Nymex December heating oil rose 1.59 cents to $2.5452 a gallon while December gasoline futures added 1.87 cents to $2.3557 a gallon.

Natural gas futures advanced 7.6 cents to $8.406 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is making an astonishing bid to grab a vast chunk of the Arctic - so he can tap its vast potential oil, gas and mineral wealth.
-Daily Mail, 29 June '07

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Yep, they planted the Russian flag at the bottom of the sea and everything. The claim is disputed by many different nations and organizations, but the loudest protests stem from (surprise) the U.S.A. and the U.K.

Probably because they didn't think of it first...

The positive of this is that the languishing Russian economy (if properly handled) would recieve a huge boost from the action. Gas prices would drop (somewhat), and we would have some more years to develop more efficient CLEAN energy.

Of course the above paragraph exists only in the realm of the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny, but it's nice to dream...

The truth is, we need fossil fuels. We continue to purchase the things that run off of them. I couldn't agree more with the statements concerning races and similar wastes of precious resources (In video games, cool! But run some emissions tests on your average NASCAR and WOW!), but some of our fossil fuel driven items are necessary. Say what you will, but our defense assets are important to this country (NOT an endorsement on the war in Iraq).

I'd love to see cold fusion reactors, hydrogen cars, heck, I've been waiting on my jet-pack for some time now! cry.gif

I guess until the Clean Energy becomes truly profitable, we just won't see it.

Or at least until we run out of the regular stuff... shock.gif

Some more stats for you all...

Oil Production Rankings
Oil Consumption Rankings

If the site is to be believed, it is an interesting comparison between the U.K. and Iraq in Oil Production...

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$98 a barrel

I see $200 a barrel coming




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Yes, right along with the $4 gallon gas as well. I am to the point where I have to bootleg gas.


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Hi akihset, I see oil going to $200 a barrel if the USA congress does not abolish the federal reserve and start printing up its own U.S. Notes (dollars) again.
(The US dollar -which is worthless federal reserve paper -is tied to the price of oil)

Check this out.... I was watching Hot Pursuit late last night on Court TV, and as this speeding car goes thru an intersection, it hits a white jeep, a maroon truck and another car. I took notice as the helicopter camera showed the Gas Station sign come into view.

It was $1.09 a gallon!

And this wasn't that long ago.




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Fuelled by geopolitics and speculations world oil price reached a record level of US$99.25 per barrel over the last three weeks.
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Oil Nears $123 On $200 Prediction, Supply Concerns
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