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  • Low Oil Price May Stifle Deepwater Drilling And Oil Sands But Not Fracking

    03/01/2015 8:53:15 AM PST · by thackney · 27 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/01/2015
    Saudi Arabia and OPEC may have dropped oil prices to stifle production in the U.S. and other competing nations, but they didn’t drop it enough to stifle the U.S. oil and gas boom from fracking, a senior expert with McKinsey and Company said in Chicago. “If the Saudis think they’re going to put U.S. shale players out of business, they’re probably not, although there will be less drilling,” Joe Quoyeser told about 125 people, mostly graduate students, at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Energy Conference on Wednesday. ”But there are other elements of oil supply that are needed to balance the market...
  • This Key Market Signal Says Oil Is Heading to $60 a Barrel

    03/01/2015 10:33:00 AM PST · by ckilmer · 19 replies
    fool.com ^ | March 1, 2015 | By Matt DiLallo
    This Key Market Signal Says Oil Is Heading to $60 a Barrel By Matt DiLallo | More Articles March 1, 2015 | Comments (1) Given the dramatic drop in the price of oil over the past few months, the burning question on a lot of minds is "What will the price of oil do next?" It seems like everyone has an opinion on that question. The range of predictions goes from $10 at the bottom to a staggering $200 a barrel at the top. What that range tells us is that where oil will go in the future is anyone's...
  • The Most Economically-Correlated Commodity Is Flashing Red (Lumber)

    01/22/2015 5:58:17 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 1-22-1015 | Tyler Durden
    Tyler Durden 01/21/2015 While Crude Oil and Dr. Copper are often cited as economic indicators, as @Not_Jim_Cramer notes, in fact Lumber prices are the most correlated with ISM and GDP of all industrial commodities. That is a problem. Lumber prices are tumbling and are breaking the 6-year up-trend that has 'proved' the recovery. With no CCFD manipulation and less financialization than crude, perhaps Lumber is the real canary in the economic collapse coalmine... Lumber is the most correlated to ISM and GDP of all the industrial commodities... and that is not good for the US economy...
  • President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline

    02/24/2015 12:38:37 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 113 replies
    Verge ^ | 2-24-2015 | Kwame Opam
    Nearly two weeks after Congress approved the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama has officially vetoed the bill calling for its construction. The decision follows a clear statement from the White House last month saying the president would not sign the bill into law if Congress, currently controlled by Republican lawmakers, passed it.
  • Australian Mining Giant BHP Just Told The Market Exactly Why Oil Prices Are Going Lower

    02/23/2015 6:40:23 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    BI ^ | 2-23-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland February 23, 2015 Oil prices have been volatile of late, but a number of banks and commenters have said that oil prices are going lower. In its half-year earnings release on Monday, Australian mining giant told the market exactly why: In response to weaker prices, [BHP] will reduce its Onshore US operated rig count from 26 at period end to 16 by the end of the 2015 financial year. The majority of the revised drilling program will be focused on our liquids rich Black Hawk acreage with activity in the Permian and Hawkville limited to the retention of...
  • Texas Business Leaders Say It All: 'Oil At $50 Per Barrel Is Painful'

    02/23/2015 9:39:52 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    BI ^ | 2-23-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland February 23, 2015Manufacturing activity in Texas is plunging and the crash in oil prices is to blame. The Dallas Fed's February manufacturing index fell to -11.2, down from -4.4 in January and well below the -4 reading that was expected. Expectations were for the headline index to come in at -4. In the last couple months, this report has been in focus as business owners in Texas take stock of how the decline in oil prices is weighing on that state's economy. And Monday's report was no different. One business executive in the primary metal manufacturing sector said...
  • Oil Flows Resume at Libya’s Largest Field

    02/22/2015 5:26:49 PM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 22, 2015 | BENOÎT FAUCON
    Libya’s largest oil field and a key oil port were brought back online Sunday, though attacks by Islamic extremists have continued elsewhere in the war-torn nation. The resumption of oil flows from the Sarir oil field, which pumps about two-thirds of the country’s remaining output, was a rare piece of good news following renewed fighting in Libya’s civil war and a string of attacks by Islamic State militants. A pipeline carrying 185,000 barrels a day from Sarir to the Hariga terminal in eastern Libya was blown up about a week ago by unknown militants. “The pipeline was repaired. Production restarted...
  • U.S. refinery strike spreads to one-fifth of national capacity

    02/22/2015 11:34:52 AM PST · by thackney · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 22, 2015 | ERWIN SEBA
    The largest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years entered its fourth week as workers at 12 refineries accounting for one-fifth of national production capacity were walking picket lines as of 12 a.m. CST on Sunday, according to union officials. A total of 6,550 members of the United Steelworkers union at 15 plants, including the 12 refineries, are involved in the work stoppage that began on Feb. 1 when talks for a new three-year contract between the USW and lead oil company negotiator Shell Oil Co stopped.... After the latest breakdown between the two sides, Steelworkers leaders targeted Shell, which is...
  • Is The Oil Price Decline a Sign of Impending Deflation?

    02/22/2015 10:09:49 AM PST · by OwenKellogg · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2015 | Frank Ryan, CPA
    Conventional wisdom indicates slowing global economy and increased production are the root causes behind the precipitous drop in oil prices since mid-2014. ~~ snip ~~ Further signs of the impact of deflation, despite trillions of stimulus funds, include: 1.Negative interest rates on short-term securities and debt instruments. 2.The reduction of risk premiums in short and long-term debt financing for governments. 3.Increasing costs of healthcare for virtually every American, which adversely affects disposable income. 4.Declining real wages in the United States due to tax increases at the state and local levels. 5.Declines in labor force participation rates. 6.Lack of wage growth...
  • Since 9/11, The U.S. Has Been Involved In More Than 5 Wars … And They’ve All Been Disasters

    02/22/2015 7:05:35 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Feb. 20, 2015 | "George Washington"
    Below, we demonstrate that the U.S. keeps “losing” war after war. There are 3 potential reasons this might be happening: •Is this chaos an intentional way to implement regime change and grab resources? •Or is this a sign of the decline of the American empire … and we just can’t win a war anymore? •Or do those in charge just not really give a damn about winning … and are they just focusing on one short-term goal after another?
  • Gary Shilling Says Oil Is Going To $10

    02/21/2015 10:06:40 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    BI ^ | 2-22-2015 | Shane Ferro
    Shane Ferro February. 17, 2015Gary Shilling thinks the price of oil is going way lower. The economist and financial analyst wrote an op-ed for Bloomberg View discussing the various reasons why he thinks the price could get down to $10-20 per barrel. Basically, supply keeps increasing while demand is shrinking. Here's an excerpt that pretty clearly lays it out: U.S. crude oil production is forecast to rise by 300,000 barrels a day during the next year from 9.1 million now. Sure, the drilling rig count is falling, but it’s the inefficient rigs that are being idled, not the horizontal rigs...
  • Fossil Fuels Keeping More Than 200 Million Americans From Freezing Today

    02/22/2015 9:19:44 AM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    Real Science ^ | 2/22/2015 | Steven Goddard
    The US is experiencing an historic deep-freeze with much of the country more than 20 degrees below normal. Most of the people in America would be freezing right now without fossil fuels. The government responds by lying about the temperature, trying to make energy prices skyrocket, and doing everything they can to cut off the supply of fossil fuels. Obama: My Plan Makes electricity Rates Skyrocket
  • The Saudi project, part two Oil is back over $60 a barrel. Is the market returning to normal?

    02/20/2015 4:33:23 AM PST · by thackney · 61 replies
    The Economist ^ | Feb 21st 2015 | The Economist
    STAGE one of Saudi Arabia’s plan—or perhaps hope—to restructure the oil market is taking longer than expected. By refusing to rein in production while prices fell, the Saudis permitted a big surplus to grow and served notice on higher-cost rivals (Russia, Venezuela, American shale-oil producers) that they would not prop up other people’s profit margins at the expense of their own market share. That signal has been weakened by the growing amount of oil in storage, which is absorbing most of the glut. World oil stocks rose about 265m barrels last year and Société Générale, a French bank, reckons they...
  • Study: Oil Price Downturn Creates Need for 'Cost Culture' in Industry

    02/18/2015 9:53:36 AM PST · by thackney · 2 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | February 17, 2015 | Karen Boman
    Companies across all sectors of the oil, gas and chemicals industry will need to better plan and manage projects to ensure their survival during the recent downturn in oil prices, according to a recent study by global business advisory firms AlixPartners. Oil and gas companies not only need to improve their ability to plan and manage projects, but create a “cost culture” inside of their companies. Only 30 percent of respondents in a study of 250 high-level industry executives across the world said their companies had explicit return-on-capital targets for projects before the oil price collapse. Perhaps most surprising is...
  • After West Virginia Oil Train Derailment, Sign Keystone Bill

    02/19/2015 11:08:19 AM PST · by raptor22 · 22 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 19, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: Three million gallons of Bakken crude burning in rural West Virginia after an oil train derails in a snowstorm ought to underscore the environmental safety of replacing rail cars with the Keystone XL pipeline. One of the reasons President Obama says he'll veto the Keystone pipeline bill that, as a result of last November's GOP electoral gusher, has found its way to his desk is that it will only carry Canadian crude to foreign markets and is not worth jeopardizing the environment. Two things are wrong with that argument. The first is that Keystone XL will also bring Bakken...
  • All Bubbles Burst: China's Real Estate Market Crashing, Eurogroup Prepare For Grexit & Default...

    02/18/2015 10:23:39 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 6 replies
    China's Real Estate Market Crashing... Real Estate is the single biggest domestic lending segment in China. Combined with deflation in Iron Ore, Steel, Copper, and other industrial metals China's collateral quality is looking very very shaky compared to loan volume... SNIP While the world's attention is glued to events in Greece, the real action continues to evolve quietly thousands of kilometers east, in China, where the near record surge in new loans remains unable to offset the dramatic slowdown in shadow banking issuance. And while China's bubble-chasing, animal spirits have recently reoriented themselves from real estate to the stock market,...
  • Get Ready for $10 Oil

    02/17/2015 10:29:59 AM PST · by Duke C. · 65 replies
    Bloomberg | A. Gary Shilling
    At about $50 a barrel, crude oil prices are down by more than half from their June 2014 peak of $107. They may fall more, perhaps even as low as $10 to $20. Here’s why.
  • Please Practice Safe Fracking ("expert" says fracking causes increase in STDs)

    02/16/2015 4:04:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 12, 2015 | Maryland House Republican Caucus
  • Tories open four point lead over Labour

    02/16/2015 10:02:06 AM PST · by NRx · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16 Feb 2015 | Steven Swinford
    The Conservatives have opened up a four-point lead over Labour after the biggest surge in their support for two years, a poll has suggested. A Guardian/ ICM poll showed that the Tories are six points up to 36 per cent, only one point short of their result in the 2010 General Election. Labour support fell one point to 32 per cent, while the Liberal Democrats were also down a point to 10 per cent.
  • The Coming Oil Crash: Why Oil Prices Will Drop

    12/31/2007 8:57:38 AM PST · by Clemenza · 139 replies · 343+ views
    Portfolio | January 2008 | John Cassidy
    http://www.portfolio.com/views/columns/economics/2007/12/17/Why-Oil-Prices-Will-Drop
  • It’s Too Cold To Protest Global Warming At Yale

    02/13/2015 8:57:30 AM PST · by rktman · 28 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/13/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    Yale anti-fossil fuel campaigners have indefinitely postponed a protest that was set for this weekend due to “unfavorable weather conditions and other logistical issues.”
  • Operations At 3 Refineries Interrupted As Strike Continues To Cause Havoc

    02/12/2015 12:57:38 PM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 2/12/2015 | Jeff Reed
    Three of the nine US oil refineries targeted by the largest oil worker refinery strike since 1980 have reported interruptions and unplanned repairs since the United Steelworkers Union (USW) workers went on strike earlier this month. Shell's 327,000 bpd refinery in Deer Park, Texas, is now operating normally after experiencing an upset at a fluid catalytic cracker on February 8. "Shell Deer Park continues to safely operate at planned production rates. While not formally at the negotiating table, the lines of communication remain open. Shell remains hopeful that both parties will reach a mutually satisfactory agreement," Shell said in a...
  • Moody's Say's cheaper Oil WILL NOT boost global growth...

    02/12/2015 10:25:53 AM PST · by alexmark1917 · 25 replies
    Moody's Say's Cheaper Oil WILL NOT Boost Global Growth... What have I been saying all along... Someone should tell the morons at CNBC... Lower oil prices will fail to give a "significant boost" to global growth in the next two years, Moody's has said. The ratings agency said any boost from cheaper oil would be offset by the eurozone's economic woes as well as slowdowns in China, Japan and Russia. As a result, Moody's said it would not be revising its growth forecasts for the G20 countries. "For the G20 economies, we expect GDP growth of just under 3% each...
  • Why "drill, baby, drill" was right

    02/11/2015 4:35:29 PM PST · by upsdriver · 27 replies
    TribTalk ^ | February 11, 2015 | Sarah Palin
    It’s always a pleasure returning to the beautiful Lone Star State. This week I’m in Houston speaking with the industrious men and women of America’s oil patch at the North American Prospect Expo. These are the unsung heroes of our nation’s energy renaissance. In the brutal economic environment of the last six years, one sector had good news to report, and it came straight out of America’s oil patch. From 2007 to 2012, employment in the energy industry rose a dramatic 31.6 percent while employment nationwide fell 2.7 percent. U.S. oil production increased from 6.5 million barrels per day in...
  • Governor Palin Pens Energy Op-Ed for Houston Tribune

    02/11/2015 4:38:41 PM PST · by Bratch · 40 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | February 11 2015 | Sarah Palin via Steve Flesher
    Governor Palin wrote a great article for the Houston Tribune today loaded with a lot of good facts on energy.  She also notes an interesting flip flop from our president on the matter. It’s always a pleasure returning to the beautiful Lone Star State. This week I’m in Houston speaking with the industrious men and women of America’s oil patch at the North American Prospect Expo. These are the unsung heroes of our nation’s energy renaissance.In the brutal economic environment of the last six years, one sector had good news to report, and it came straight out of America’s oil patch. From...
  • How Russia Plans To Retaliate For The Saudi-Driven Collapse In Oil

    02/10/2015 9:53:05 PM PST · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | February 10, 2015 | Tyler Durden
    A week ago we explained that yet another conspiracy theory, one involving virtually every geopolitical hotzone, from Saudi Arabia, to Russia, the United States, Qatar, Syria, ISIS, and Ukraine, has become fact when our speculation from last September, namely that the plunge in oil was an choreographed move between the US and the Saudis (even if Kerry realized - we hope - that it meant a recession for the US energy producing states and a collapse in the only vibrant US industry of the past decade: shale), one seeking to dislodge Russian control over the Syrian government and to facilitate...
  • Oil rallies for third day after OPEC sees greater crude demand

    02/09/2015 11:43:25 AM PST · by Star Traveler · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, February 9, 2015 | Barani Krishnan
    (Reuters) - Oil rose for a third straight session on Monday as OPEC forecast greater demand for crude this year than previously thought and projected less supply from countries outside the group. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries forecast demand for its oil will average 29.21 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2015, up 430,000 bpd from its previous forecast, while slashing its outlook for crude supply growth in non-OPEC countries. Benchmark Brent oil futures LCOc1 were up 35 cents, or half a percent, at $58.15 a barrel by 11:40 a.m. EST, after revisiting Friday's one-week peak of $59.06.
  • Anti-oilsands activists in the U.S. are getting unexpected visits from the FBI

    02/08/2015 7:47:22 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 21 replies
    National Post ^ | February 7, 2015 | Alexander Panetta
    WASHINGTON — Unexpected visitors have been dropping in on anti-oil activists in the United States — knocking on doors, calling, texting, contacting family members. The visitors are federal agents. Opponents of Canadian oil say they’ve been contacted by FBI investigators in several states following their involvement in protests that delayed northbound shipments of equipment to Canada’s oilsands. A lawyer working with the protesters says he’s personally aware of a dozen people having been contacted in the northwestern U.S. and says the actual number is probably higher. Larry Hildes says it’s been happening the last few months in Washington State, Oregon...
  • Ethanol Study Touted as Independent Was Paid for by Corn Growers

    02/04/2015 10:15:13 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 19 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/2/2015 | Jack Spencer
    A study paid for by the Michigan Corn Growers Association was recently reported in the news media as though it had been conducted independently. This public relations coup for the ethanol industry was pulled off by touting it as “a Michigan State University study” and omitting the fact that it was done on behalf of the Michigan Corn Growers Association. Reporters then assumed it was an academic study conducted independently of the ethanol industry. On Dec. 17, Michigan Capitol Confidential asked MSU spokesman Jason Cody if the study “Greenhouse Gas Reduction in Michigan Due to Ethanol Fuel Use,” was an...
  • Petrobras chief and other senior executives resign (corruption scandal)

    02/04/2015 8:22:33 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
    BBC News | 2/4/15 | BBC
    The head of Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobras and five senior executives have resigned in the wake of a huge corruption scandal. Maria das Graças Foster's departure follows the arrest and testimony of some three dozen executives at Petrobras and many of its suppliers. The board of Petrobras is due to meet on Friday to elect new executives. The scandal involves alleged price-fixing, bribes and kickbacks, which implicates Brazil's ruling party. Prosecutors have uncovered around $800m in bribes and other illegal funds. More than 200 businesses are being investigated and more than 80 people, including three former executives from Petrobras,...
  • Vermont just replaced its only only nuclear reactor with fossil fuels obtained from fracking

    02/02/2015 3:04:53 PM PST · by grundle · 26 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 1, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Vermont just replaced its only only nuclear reactor (which had accounted for 71.8% of the state’s electricity production) with fossil fuels obtained from fracking For the past 42 years, Vermont’s only nuclear power plant was responsible for 71.8% of the state’s electricity production. This huge amount of electricity was generated by a single nuclear reactor.Vermont has just shut down this reactor.The replacement energy source for this shut down reactor is shale gas, a fossil fuel whose combustion causes global warming, and which is obtained from fracking.And all this time, I had thought that liberals in Vermont...
  • For striking U.S. refinery workers, Shell shocks with a new style

    02/03/2015 5:20:22 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 3, 2015 | ERWIN SEBA
    In fact, the USW enjoys the right to pick which company will head up negotiations and specifically chose Shell this year for its perceived flexibility. Shell forged deals with the union in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Those contracts were considered successes, especially after a months-long walkout in 1980, a time people still talk about as a low point for disputes in the sector. This year, however, was different. John Abbott took over as Shell's refining chief in 2013 and Ben van Beurden became chief executive officer in 2014. This time, there were new faces on the negotiating team from Shell,...
  • Increase in average gasoline prices ends 17-week streak of declining prices

    02/03/2015 5:26:52 AM PST · by thackney · 32 replies
    Energy Information Administration ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2015 | Energy Information Administration
    IA conducts a survey of gasoline prices each Monday, and yesterday's survey showed the U.S. average regular retail gasoline price increasing for the first time in 18 weeks. The steady decline in prices over the previous 17 weeks was the longest consecutive decrease in EIA's weekly survey since prices fell 14 cents per gallon over a 24-week period in 1995. The decline is the largest percentage decline since a 58% drop in gasoline prices over 15 weeks in late 2008. With oil prices at around $45 per barrel (bbl), petroleum refinery outages in the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions in...
  • Oil Prices Gain More Than 3%; Drop in U.S. Drilling Activity Will Balance Oversupplied Market

    02/03/2015 5:34:25 AM PST · by thackney · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 3, 2015 | GEORGI KANTCHEV
    Oil prices continued their rally Tuesday as investors bet that a sharp decline in U.S. drilling activity will balance the oversupplied global market, and even as analysts cautioned that the rebound in prices may not prove to be sustainable. Front-month Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, rose 3.7% to be at $56.80 a barrel on London’s ICE futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in March recently traded at $51.15 a barrel, up more than 3% from Monday’s settlement. Both the global oil benchmarks have gained more than 11% over the past three...
  • Good News: American Eco-Fascists Now Praising Saudis As Their "Best Ally" in Fight Against Keystone

    02/03/2015 8:36:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2015 | Katie Pavlich
    Last week the Senate, with votes from Democrats and Republicans, passed long-stalled Keystone XL pipeline legislation. President Obama is planning on vetoing the legislation despite broad support from lawmakers and the American people. In the meantime, the Saudis are doing everything they can to undermine U.S. domestic oil production and far-left eco-fascist groups like the Sierra Club are loving it. Washington Free Beacon's Lachlan Markay has the details: Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “drown” American energy producers make the oil-rich theocracy a crucial ally of the environmentalist movement, according to a leading green group. The House of Saud, the kingdom’s royal family,...
  • Russia’s War on Fracking: Threatened by low oil prices, Putin covertly supports anti-frackers

    02/03/2015 8:17:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/03/2015 | Tom Rogan
    As a senior archivist for the KGB’s foreign-intelligence directorate, Vasili Mitrokhin had access to a treasure trove of information. He unveiled those secrets after defecting to Britain in 1992. One such secret concerned the “active measures” — the lies – the KGB had used against the West during the Cold War. In the 1980s, for example, the KGB spread a couple of particularly pernicious rumors. It claimed the United States had manufactured the AIDS virus and that rich Americans were murdering children in the Third World for organ-harvesting purposes. Framed by faux science and ideologically screened “experts,” and harnessing anti-American...
  • OPEC leader: Oil could shoot back to $200

    02/03/2015 1:00:16 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 34 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 2-3-2015 | Matt DiLallo
    Right now the oil market is totally focused on finding a bottom for oil prices. However, according to OPEC's Secretary-General Abdulla al-Badri we've already hit bottom. Not only that, but he sees a real possibility that oil prices could explode higher to upwards of $200 per barrel in the future. He's far from the only one that sees a return of triple-digit oil prices. Finding a bottom: According to recent comments by the Secretary-General when he was in London, the oil market doesn't need to look for oil prices to bottom as the market has already bottomed. Instead, he offered...
  • U.S. companies face billions in Venezuela currency losses, Reuters analysis shows

    02/02/2015 11:43:06 AM PST · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 02 February 2015 | Tim McLaughlin
    At least 40 major U.S. companies have substantial exposure to Venezuela’s deepening economic crisis, and could collectively be forced to take billions of dollars of write downs, a Reuters analysis shows. The companies, all members of the S&P 500, and including some of the biggest names in Corporate America such as autos giant General Motors (GM.N) and drug maker Merck & Co Inc (MRK.N), together carry at least $11 billion of monetary assets in the Venezuelan currency, the bolivar, on their books. The official rate is at 6.3 bolivars to the dollar and there are two other rates in the...
  • U.S. workers strike for second day at nine refineries; one to shut

    02/02/2015 6:38:01 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2-2-2015
    HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union workers were on strike for a second day on Monday at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants as they sought a new national contract with oil companies covering laborers at 63 plants. The walkouts were the first in support of a nationwide pact since 1980 and targeted plants with a combined 10 percent of U.S. refining capacity. One of the plants, Tesoro Corp's (TSO.N) 166,000-barrel-per-day Martinez, California, refinery, was being shut because it was in the midst of planned maintenance work. The other refineries appeared set to continue running normally as operators initiated contingency plans, calling...
  • US coal prices hit six-year low

    02/01/2015 5:04:22 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies
  • Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal (i.e. West/East Germany)

    01/28/2015 3:10:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Jan 2015 15:54 GMT+01:00
    More than 25 years after the Berlin Wall’s fall, Russian lawmakers are mulling a proposal to condemn West Germany’s 1990 “annexation” of East Germany as Moscow’s answer to Western denunciation of its seizure of Crimea. Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russian parliament’s lower house, on Wednesday ordered legislators to consider an appeal from a Communist Party deputy to denounce the reunification of Germany as an illegal land grab of East Germany by its western neighbor. The collapse of Socialist rule in East Germany—officially known as the German Democratic Republic (GDR)—heralded the end of the Cold War, and was met with jubilation...
  • Dow hit by Microsoft, Caterpillar; data disappoint

    01/27/2015 11:20:09 AM PST · by Mad Dawgg · 23 replies
    CNBC.com ^ | 1/27/2015 | Kate Gibson
    U.S. stocks dropped sharply on Tuesday, with the Dow positioned for its worst hit since October, as corporations reported earnings that disappointed and orders for U.S. business equipment unexpectedly declined in December. "If you live in the northeast, and you work from home, you're trying to figure out why the market is down 400 points," Art Hogan, market strategist at Wunderlich Securities, referring to the snowstorm that halted transit in and around New York City overnight before ending earlier Tuesday. It's a combination of an increase in volatility when you have a decrease in volume, and a transition period between...
  • With all attention on ‘Juno’, they flocked to Saudi Arabia

    01/27/2015 9:42:31 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/27/15 | Judi McLeod
    We now all know why ‘Snow Job & the Seven Meteorologists’ went so far out of their way to frighten people to obsess over the coming biggest blizzard in all of history As 28 million Americans were supposedly taking cover from history’s worst predicted blizzard, what was a buoyant Barack Obama really doing? Proudly leading a ceremony that paid respect to Saudi Arabia’s newly-ensconced King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud. With most class chatter on what Canada Free Press (CFP) calls ‘Snow Job & the Seven Meteorologists’, Obama was speaking for all Americans in defending the U.S. government’s absolute willingness...
  • India Rejects Climate Deal With Obama

    01/27/2015 8:32:48 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/27/2015 | Michael Bastasch
    India has rejected pleas from the Obama administration to enter into an agreement to put a future limit on its greenhouse gas emissions in order to fight global warming. President Barack Obama went abroad hoping to strike a climate deal with India — the world’s third-largest greenhouse-gas emitter — in order to build support for an international global warming treaty ahead of a United Nations summit later this year. But India had other ideas. Obama wanted India to announce it would peak its greenhouse gas emissions by a certain year, mirroring a pledge China made last year to peak its...
  • Obama Visits Saudi King After Curbing Oil Expansion

    01/27/2015 9:59:25 AM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Dailt ^ | January 27, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Energy: While taking credit for increased oil and gas production on private and state lands, the president moves to put 12 million acres of the oil-rich Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits. OPEC and the Saudis are smiling. Whoever's in charge of presidential optics these days fits the classic definition of the blind leading the blind. It's bad enough that President Obama doesn't have time to get to Paris for a global protest against terrorism after the Charlie Hebdo attack but can meet and greet the San Antonio Spurs. But then he privately slams an invitation by Congress to Israeli...
  • Latest Obama executive order: 12 million acres of ANWR now off limits

    01/27/2015 8:24:08 AM PST · by rktman · 60 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 1/27/2015 | Dan Calabrese
    President Obama announced Sunday that he’ll use his executive authority to designate 12 million acres in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness, walling it off from resource development. This abrogates a 1980 deal in which Congress specifically set aside some of this acreage for future oil and gas exploration. It’s also a slap at the new Republican Congress, where Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been corralling bipartisan support for more Arctic drilling.
  • New Saudi King Named In 9/11 Suits

    01/27/2015 7:14:15 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 27 replies
    IBD ^ | January 26, 2015
    President Obama should think before bowing to Saudi Arabia's new king in his Tuesday visit. King Salman has a history of funding al-Qaida, and his son has been accused of knowing in advance about the 9/11 attacks. When it comes to jihadism, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud is more of a hardliner than his older brother, King Abdullah, who died last week of a lung infection. As such, any commitment he makes to helping the U.S. destroy al-Qaida and Islamic State terrorists should be viewed with great suspicion. The 79-year-old Salman once ran a Saudi charity tied to al-Qaida and...
  • Foreign Firm Funding U.S. Green Groups Tied to State-Owned Russian Oil Company

    01/27/2015 7:59:35 AM PST · by george76 · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    Executives at a Bermudan firm funneling money to U.S. environmentalists run investment funds with Russian tycoons. A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president...
  • Things Are Bad In Texas

    01/26/2015 10:14:39 AM PST · by blam
    BI ^ | 1-26-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland January 26, 2015 The crash in oil prices is weighing on Texas' economy. The January Texas manufacturing survey from the Dallas Fed was a huge miss, with the general business activity reading coming in at -4.4. Expectations were for the composite index to come in at 3.0, down from 4.1 in December. Factory activity in the region was flat in January. The big takeaway, however, is that as with last month, numerous business executives expressed concerns over how the crash in crude oil prices would affect results. One executive in the fabricated metal manufacturing sector said "multiple oil-related...
  • Former Shell President Hofmeister Sees Oil at $80 by the Summer

    01/25/2015 10:49:41 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 9 replies
    The Street ^ | 1-22-2015 | Michelle Rama-Poccia
    When a massive truck slams on the brakes to avoid a crash, it takes awhile for it to get back up to highway speed again. That, in essence, is the problem oil companies will face when they want to increase production if supplies start to fall short. The selloff in crude oil has put drilling on hold. Unless more drilling resumes soon, a surplus of 1 million barrels a day will be exhausted. John Hofmeister, a former president at Royal Dutch Shell , predicts that will happen by the summer and will send prices up to $80 a barrel. "When that cost correction...