The Geopolitics of Energy

On May 14, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

“The Geopolitics of Energy”:  that was the title of a talk given at the Opportunity Crudes conference in Houston last week by Guy Caruso of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  It’s an endlessly fascinating and urgent topic, as very few sectors of the economy shape the world in which we live as much […]

Oil: Releasing Reserves Means Increasing Market Pressures

On July 4, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

On June 23, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that IEA’s 28 member countries had agreed to release 60 million barrels of oil in the next month from their reserves “in response to the ongoing disruption of oil supplies from Libya.” These extraordinary powers had been exercised only twice previously:  after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990, […]

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To Boldly Go Where No-One Wants To Go

On March 14, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I am appalled at the state of the public discourse on oil and gasoline prices. Between the newspapers and the talking heads, there is an increasing cacophony that the government should do something, just about anything, to halt the increase in oil and gasoline prices. From the lefties:  Release stocks from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve!  […]

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What Goes Down, Must Go Up?

On January 26, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi as posted to Huffington Post About 60 miles west of Cleveland, Cedar Point is world-renowned for its scary roller-coasters. However, Cedar Point has nothing on the oil markets. At the turn of 2007/2008, oil was at the cusp of $100/barrel — a price that was considered a kind of mythical barrier, […]

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Cleantech Venture Capitalists Beware – What You Don’t Know About Energy Can Kill You

On October 13, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Oil prices quietly (at least in the cleantech world), slipped below $80 last week, off some 50% from its highs a few months ago. Did I say 50%? Yes 50%. And gas has slipped, too, as with some variations, natural gas historically trades at a roughly 10:1 price ratio of Barrels to MCF. It’s easy […]

Thirty Billion Fewer Miles

On July 18, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (7/18/08). Faced with record gas prices, American fuel use is at a five-year low. Americans drove 30 billion fewer miles since November than during the same period a year earlier. Americans joined their employers’ flexwork and commute programs. Families and friends linked trips together and rarely drove solo. Everyday heroes kept their […]

General Motors Looks Beyond Oil

On April 17, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. “One of the most serious business issues currently facing General Motors is our product’s near total dependence on petroleum as a source of energy. To address this issue, we have been implementing a strategy to displace petroleum through energy diversity and efficiency,” explained Dr. Larry Burns, Vice-President of Research and Development for […]

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Oil Prices: How High is Up?

On January 7, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. StuebiIn the last week of 2007, I predicted that oil prices would finally top $100/barrel. Well, it didn’t take long, two days in fact. Ironically, it appears that the first time a barrel of oil changed hands for more than $100 was solely because a trader wanted to own that distinction forever. […]

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2007 Roundup

On December 31, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi As has become my custom, with the year drawing to a close, I now look in the rear-view mirror and try to distill what I see. In no particular order, here are my top ten reflections on 2007: 1. Popping of the ethanol bubble. Not long ago, it seemed like anyone […]

Triple-Digit Oil Prices Ahead?

On October 8, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Last week, as reported on Yahoo!, the chief economist of the investment bank CIBC went on record that “We’re in a world of triple digit oil prices for the foreseeable future,” beginning by the end of 2008. Increasingly, I’ve been hearing through the grapevine prognostications of $100/barrel oil. I put a […]