Posts Tagged ‘deep-water drilling’

It was only two years ago that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia cautioned consumers that, without $75-per-barrel oil, there was no incentive for his kingdom to bring on new production. Today, apparently, even that price no longer works. Recently, the King announced that he has ordered a halt to all further underground oil exploration, arguing [...]

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Whether Hurricane Alex hits the Gulf oil spill or not, it’s only a matter of time before one will. Alex is, after all, only the first storm in a year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting will be an abnormally active one for hurricanes. In case you’d forgotten, blow-outs of deep-water wells [...]

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What’s Plan B?

Posted by Jeff Rubin on June 16th, 2010 under SmallerWorldTags: , , , ,  • 12 Comments

America’s Plan A for the future of its oil supply was shaky to start with. Hurricanes, and the devastation they’ve brought to offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, had already put the kibosh on earlier dreams of reversing the nearly 40-year decline in domestic oil production. Ironically, oil production in the Gulf had [...]

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President Obama’s recently announced moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is effectively a freeze on growth in US oil production. And short of a huge influx of synthetic oil from tar sands, similar moratoriums around the world will have the same implications for world oil supply. The well that the Deepwater Horizon [...]

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A $10-per-barrel drop in oil prices seems a curious response to the ongoing disaster at BP’s Deepwater Horizon wellhead, and to its potentially devastating repercussions on future world oil supply. But when the Dow loses 1,000 points in the same week, there’s obviously something else going on. If the world’s economic outlook is the same [...]

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