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According to the head of France's Oil Giant company Total, oil is still "too inexpensive." This surprising statement is what Total's CEO Christopher de la Margerie said in an interview for French economy magazine Revenu. Even at more than $130 a barrel, he said that oil is still cheaper than in 1974, once we discount inflation. He continues by saying that if oil was actually too expensive, it would discourage demand in countries like China and other emerging economies (it isn't). He also claimed
OPEC president Chakib Khelil believes that the already staggering price for a barrel of oil could continue to rise. Citing the low value of the U.S. dollar, Khelil says that investors are likely to continue to place their bets on oil, a necessary commodity. With current prices hovering around $120 per barrel of dino-juice, the sixty percent increase mentioned by OPEC's leading man would place the going-rate darn near $200 a barrel.
Oil hit a new record high price of $111.80 yesterday morning, but settled at $105.68 later, a drop of $4.42 for the day. While we're not yet ready to suggest that an end has come to the daily rise in oil prices, seeing the price for a barrel of crude drop, if only for a day, is probably a bit of a relief to some. Before yesterday's drop in prices, many analysts were suggesting that the falling value of the dollar was the largest cause for the recent upward trend in oil prices. Another contributi
It's no secret that the auto industry's most profitable vehicles are also the hardest hit when gasoline prices climb past consumers' comfort levels. Bo Andersson, the man behind GM's purchasing decisions, says that the tipping point currently hovers around $3.30 a gallon. At that price, sales start to slow, causing a world of hurt for GM and the other automakers. But, he pointed out another rising cost which hurts the industry: shipping. As the auto market shifts towards sourcing parts from all
Lately, record oil prices have been a daily topic here on AutoblogGreen because every day the old record, set the previous day, is being beaten out by the day's closing price. Guess what? We're back at it today. That's right, a barrel of oil passed the $110 plateau for the first time ever. This latest price increase comes despite there being a surplus of oil available, which caused a brief dip in oil trading prices early in the day, and the fact that the demand for gasoline has remained mostly f
Over the past several months financial "experts" and politicians on all sides have been bickering about whether the U.S. economy is in a recession. Unfortunately for most people, the declaration of yes or no is a meaningless semantic argument. The way a recession is officially "defined" - two consecutive quarters of a shrinking gross domestic product - means that it can only be named after it has already happened. By that time, a lot of damage is already done to regular people. Unfortunately, pr
Well, with the $100 price limit on a barrel of oil broken last week (if only for a minute and then most likely by one guy with an inferiority complex), this is as good a time as any to prepare Americans for the possibility of $4 gallons of gas come springtime. That's what Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer Michael Kanell has done with this article, and he breaks down the reasons why - even though the $100 price was only briefly reached - gas prices don't look to be coming down any time soon. Re
Even though this week's $100-a-barrel oil prices were a bit of a false alarm, expensive oil is not a joke. In response to the record rate, the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC) released a statement that calls ethanol one of the "realistic solutions to our dependence on a dwindling supply of energy" and says that "he ethanol industry will rise to the challenge and continue to provide a renewable, efficient, economy boosting product for Americans. Without ethanol, the cost of our oi
Well, the big news from yesterday that the price of a barrel of oil went over the $100 mark for the first time ever. The big news from today is that we have one guy to blame for this incident. According to the Daily Mail, a single trader who was "seeking his moment of fame" decided that being the first to pay more than $100 for a barrel of oil was the best way to make the papers. Man, how sad and lonely is that guy?
Well, it's not like we need to tell you that $3 gas is pretty much the new black. While the price of a barrel of oil hasn't broken the $100 barrier yet, it is sitting pretty at around $96 these days and the AP is saying that the high prices mean that the price of oil is set "for its biggest annual gain this decade as dwindling fuel stocks and growing concern over political turmoil offset the impact of a softening U.S. economy." You hear that, SUV drivers?
Over on Autoblog, veteran auto writer and new contributor John McElroy provides an interesting take on gasoline prices and the potential for the bubble to burst. Looking at gasoline pump prices in real terms (factoring in inflation) as recently as the beginning of the current decade, they were at an all-time low. Even now, with oil hovering near $100 per barrel, the price is still barely up to the peaks of 1979-80 and during World War 1. McElroy's assessment is that the current spike, like the p
Earlier this year when we spoke to Dr. David Cole, one of the risks that he mentioned of relying solely on fuel economy standards as a way to reduce oil consumption was the threat of oil prices dropping. If nothing is done to help create demand for more efficient vehicles, lower oil prices could keep drivers in their thirstier vehicles. Today OPEC released a report where they estimate slower world economic growth in 2008 easing pressure on demand for crude oil. The organization expects oil deman
This week, the bombing of an oil pipeline in Yemen by saboteurs and a suicide bombing targeting lawmakers in Afghanistan spooked world oil markets. Those overseas events combined with rising demand and falling supplies in the US to drive oil price futures contracts to a new record high of over $97 a barrel. That's a jump of almost forty percent since August, an increase which so far hasn't been completely reflected in US gasoline prices. This week prices in southeast Michigan are still hovering
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