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800K Barrels of Oil Disappeared Daily in 2015

And the answer to the mystery could have a big impact on oil prices

(Newser) - Approximately 800,000 barrels of oil went missing every day in 2015, and that could be bad news for anyone hoping to see a rise in global oil prices any time soon, the Wall Street Journal reports. It's the highest level of missing oil in 17 years, and it... More »

Stocks Slip, Oil Skids 6%

Chevron, Exxon each sink 3%

(Newser) - US stocks are closing lower as the beleaguered energy sector took another blow from falling oil prices, the AP reports. Chevron and Exxon Mobil each fell 3% Monday, among the biggest losses in the Dow Jones industrial average. The price of crude oil dropped nearly 6% to $30 a barrel... More »

Sinking Oil Prices Are Hurting Recyclers

And so is a strong US dollar

(Newser) - A pound of new plastic for soda bottles cost 83 cents at the beginning of this year, whereas the recycled stuff comes to about 72 cents. But plastic is frequently made from oil, and as oil prices have dropped, so has the cost of new polyethylene terephthalate. Oil prices have... More »

Traders Using Supertankers to Stockpile Oil

They turn to supertankers amid 'contango'

(Newser) - Commodity brokers call it a "contango"—a situation where the current price of a commodity is lower than prices for future delivery—and it could make a lot of money for traders who can find somewhere to store huge amounts of oil. The recent plunge in oil prices... More »

Why Oil Prices Keep Hitting New Lows

US oil prices briefly dipped under $50 a barrel today

(Newser) - Wonder whether gas prices will hold at their incredible $2.20 national average? Based on today's news, filling up the tank won't get harder over the next few weeks, the Wall Street Journal reports. US oil prices dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time in nearly... More »

Obama May Tap Oil Reserves

White House wants to reduce prices to help consumers, hurt Iran

(Newser) - Think the price of gas is getting too high? The Obama administration agrees. It's currently "dusting off old plans" to potentially tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a source tells Reuters . Driving down the price of oil would help consumers and the US economy while also hurting Iran, ensuring... More »

Is America Over Cars?

Charles Lane points out a surprising trend: Americans are driving less

(Newser) - When gas prices spiked in April, Americans reacted in a logical, yet surprising way: They drove less. It's a sign, writes Charles Lane of the Washington Post , that America's love affair with the car is on the rocks. Getting a license, for instance, isn't the "rite... More »

Gas Prices Not Really the President's Fault

Sure, policy affects things ... eventually

(Newser) - As gas prices rise, President Obama's approval rating falls , which makes sense, because those painful numbers at the pump are all his fault, right? Wrong, say oil experts and economists. The Washington Post breaks down their arguments:
  • Policy: It definitely affects things, but it takes a long time for
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Deepwater Drilling to Pass Pre-Spill Heights

Oil demand keeps drills humming in Gulf of Mexico

(Newser) - It's been almost two years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and deepwater drilling is back. With a year-long moratorium over, BP and other companies are intensifying their operations in the Gulf of Mexico, and production there will soon exceed its pre-accident highs, the New York Times reports. The practice... More »

Iran Tensions Could Mean $5 Gas

Recent posturing has already sent price up 20%

(Newser) - Going to war with Iran would be an expensive proposition for America's drivers. Tensions over the country's nuclear ambitions have already pushed crude oil prices up 20% to a record winter high, energy experts tell the New York Times . That's translated to an average $3.73 per... More »

Geithner Open to Using Oil Reserves

But warns there's no 'quick fix' to rising gas prices

(Newser) - The Obama administration is open to using the strategic petroleum reserve if necessary to deal with rising gas prices, Timothy Geithner said in a CNBC interview, though he didn't sound terribly enthusiastic about the prospect, and warned that there was "no quick fix" to the problem. Gas prices... More »

Iran Blockade Could Send Oil Up 50%

But international forces would win the ensuing conflict

(Newser) - If Iran ever really closed off the Strait of Hormuz—as it threatened to last week —oil prices could spike more than 50% in a matter of days, analysts tell the New York Times , with even a partial closure likely resulting in a $50-per-barrel increase. “You would get... More »

Trump: Let's Just Seize Iraq's Oil

'We're reimbursing ourselves'

(Newser) - Donald Trump has an interesting concept of how the world’s oil markets work: In an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC , Trump opined that the reason oil was so high was because “We don’t have anybody in Washington that calls OPEC and says, ‘Fellas, it’s... More »

Halliburton More Than Doubles Its Profits in Q1

North American drilling, high oil prices help

(Newser) - Despite challenges arising from political unrest in the Arab world, Halliburton's net income has more than doubled during the first quarter of 2011. The oil-field services company credits the soaring earnings to an increase in unconventional North American oil and natural-gas drilling; the AP reports that North American revenue... More »

New Oil Peddlers: Libya Rebels

Qatar is first reported buyer

(Newser) - Now that they’ve taken control of some critical oil fields and terminals, eastern Libya’s rebels are getting into the oil business. Qatar is rumored to be the first buyer, with a deal in place to buy the oil and ship it in leased tankers, the New York Times... More »

Gas Prices Are Insane —Everywhere Else

As US drivers complain, those overseas think we're lucky

(Newser) - Gas prices are climbing again, which means people are complaining, which means it's time for a spate of stories showing how relatively cheap gas remains in the US. Here's a rough estimate of world prices per gallon, courtesy of CNN :
  • US: $3.53
  • Norway: $9.28
  • Europe: Between $7.50
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Stop Panicking About Gas Prices

We survived three years ago, and we'll survive now: 'Chicago Tribune'

(Newser) - Everyone is freaking out about $5 gas , but the Chicago Tribune has an idea: Take a chill pill, it asserts in an editorial. "All those bad memories of oil soaring to $147 a barrel three years ago tend to crowd out the vague recollection that, oh yeah, prices came... More »

Libya Unrest Could Push Gas to $5

BP, Statoil have pulled out of country

(Newser) - Trips to the gas station could get a whole lot more painful soon, now that the unrest sweeping the Middle East has hit an oil-producing nation. Crude prices shot up 7% yesterday, and were still rising this morning, after BP and Norway’s Statoil evacuated workers from Libya, USA Today... More »

Oil Volatility Doubles, Price Hits $105 a Barrel

Middle East unrest sends prices soaring

(Newser) - Oil futures are bubbling upward thanks to the unrest in the Middle East, sending crude’s 20-day volatility rating skyrocketing to 29.4—more than double the all-time-low of 12.6 it set at the end of December, Bloomberg reports. In London, Brent crude sold for more than $105 a... More »

'Peak Oil' Looms: Saudi Supply Overstated

Cable argues that kingdom can't pump enough crude to control prices

(Newser) - The world may be on the verge of an oil crisis, according to WikiLeaks cables released to the Guardian today. According to the cables, Sadad al-Husseini, the former head of Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil monopoly, warned diplomats that Saudi reserves were overstated by almost 40%, and that the country... More »

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