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OPEC Oil Price Drop and Economics

Summary: The only course in college that really was difficult to grasp was economics. How supply and demand and pricing could alter the course of businesses didn’t seem to add up. Our extra credit project included a situation and variables. By adjusting the variables properly, we could bring about the desired outcome...

Comparison of Grid-Connected and Off-the-Grid Houses

Energy efficiency for buildings wasn't an issue until after the increase of crude oil prices in 1973. Building owners, seeing increases in energy costs, consulted engineers to make energy surveys of buildings, which, after implementing recommendations, usually resulted in decreases of energy consumption. read more

“I Hate That Oil’s Dropping”: Why Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Wants High Oil Prices for Fracking

Yves here. We posted yesterday on how, despite falling oil prices having a ricochet effect across the entire energy complex, so far shale oil well shutdowns didn't appear to be proceeding at the expected pace. John Dizard of the Financial...Show More Summary

"I Hate That Oil's Dropping": Why Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Wants High Oil Prices for Fracking

Outgoing Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission ( IOGCC ) chairman Phil Bryant — Missisippi's Republican Governor — started his farewell address with a college football joke at IOGCC 's recent annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. “As you know, I love SEC football. Show More Summary

The 2014 Oil Price Crash Explained

Submitted by Euan Mearns via Energy Matters blog, In February 2009 Phil Hart published on The Oil Drum a simple supply demand model that explained then the action in the oil price. In this post I update Phil’s model to July 2014 using monthly oil supply (crude+condensate) and price data from the Energy Information Agency (EIA). Show More Summary

ETF Vital Signs, Nov. 25; Oil Hit Hard

Speculation that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries isn’t likely to reduce production at its Thursday meeting drilled oil prices and shares of oil producers. A firm reading on German economic growth pushed European shares higher while the broader U.S. stock market largely took a breather in quiet trading. Daily Performance for the Largest [...]

Market Wrap: Stocks Slip as Oil Pushes Energy Sector Lower

Richard Drew/AP By STEVE ROTHWELL NEW YORK -- A slump in energy prices pushed the stock market back from record levels on Tuesday. Energy stocks slid as the price of oil resumed its descent. Traders speculated that member nations of the oil-producing group OPEC would fail to agree on production cuts at an upcoming meeting in Vienna on Thursday. Show More Summary


By virtue of a higher close, the Dow and made a fresh all-time high, while oil prices tumbled after reports ahead of Thursday's OPEC meeting gave a mixed view on whether the cartel would agree to production cuts. First, the scoreboard: Dow:...Show More Summary

Dropping Oil Prices And Sanctions Are Hurting Russia To The Tune Of $140 Billion

Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that Saudi Arabia and the United States were trying to weaken the Russian economy by churning out a lot more oil than demand required, dropping the global price. The post Dropping Oil Prices And Sanctions Are Hurting Russia To The Tune Of $140 Billion appeared first on ThinkProgress.


The plunging price of oil since June has been a leading indicator: global economic growth is in trouble, despite six years of unprecedented central-bank free-money policies that caused asset prices to soar but has accomplished little else. Show More Summary

Oil Wavers on OPEC Speculation

Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi gestures as he arrives at his hotel ahead of an OPEC meeting in Vienna. Oil prices slumped back near four-year lows as hopes fade that OPEC, the crude producers’ cartel, will agree to reduce output. Oil prices have plunged by about 30% since the middle of June in a [...]

Oil, Oil, Toil and Trouble

(Steven Hayward) The fall OPEC meeting is under way right now in Vienna, and all eyes are on the Saudis, to see whether they will lead a strategy to stop the fall in oil prices, which is putting the crimp on Iran, Russia, and Venezuela, among other worthies. Show More Summary

Oil Rebounds On Reports OPEC Will Cut Supply, Seek Stricter Compliance

Less than two hours after Venezuela noted that no supply cut had been pre-agreed, The Wall Street Journal reports... OPEC MEMBERS SAID TO MOVE TOWARD CUTTING OIL SUPPLY: WSJ And oil prices are jumping. However, a big below the surface shows this story is more about stricter compliance than an actual supply cut. Show More Summary

What Falling Oil Prices Will Mean for State Budgets

Oil prices are dropping…fast. This may be good news for drivers but not so good for a handful of states that use energy tax revenue to help fund their budgets. It may be especially challenging for states that rely on taxes from production...Show More Summary

This week’s OPEC meeting is the most important in years

For most of the past four years, OPEC has had an easy time. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries hasn’t had to do much to keep oil prices over $100 a barrel. Disruptions in supply — most notably the Libyan civil war — and rising demand have kept the cartel’s coffers full. It has […]

Cheap Saudi Gas Poses Significant Threat to Texas Economy

While Americans have been enjoying cheap gas during recent weeks, the falling price of oil may have bleak implications for the state of Texas. In an effort to push Texas out of the worldwide energy market space, Saudi Arabia has inundated the U.S. Show More Summary

Oil Plunges As Venezuela Hints No Output Reduction

Following the four-way pre-OPEC meeting between Russia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Saudi Arabia, Venezuela's foreign minister warned: NO AGREEMENT ON OUTPUT REDUCTION AT 4-WAY MEETING: RAMIREZ And oil prices slipped notably. "The most important thing is we are talking," Ramirez noted... Show More Summary


Crude oil is tumbling again. West Texas Intermediate crude prices were down near $75 in morning trade on Tuesday after trading above $76.20 earlier in the morning after headlines crossing Reuters said that Venezuela, Russia, Mexico,Show More Summary

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