Politics of Oil

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The US needs a pipeline (the Keystone Pipeline) to transport oil from where it is drawn from the ground to where it needs to go to be refined or exported. Don’t expect any help from USGOV anytime soon with that. Presently all oil shipped from North Dakota and Montana goes by rail. I smell a pay-off in all of this – but that’s how it rolls in Chicago, isn’t it?
(Bloomberg) The U.S. oil boom has put European refineries out of business and undercut West African crude suppliers. Now domestic drillers threaten to roil Asian markets and challenge producers in the Middle East and South America. 
Fifteen European refineries have closed in the past five years, with a 16th due to shut this year, the International Energy Agency said, as the U.S. went from depending on fuel from Europe to being a major exporter to the region. Nigeria, which used to send the equivalent of a dozen supertankers of crude a month to the U.S., now ships fewer than three, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. And cheap oil from the Rocky Mountains, where output has grown 31 percent since 2011, will soon allow West Coast companies to cut back on imports of pricier grades from Saudi Arabia and Venezuela that they process for customers in Asia, the world’s fastest-growing market.

“When historians write this story 10 or 20 years from now, they are going to look at a very different U.S.,” said Verleger, the former Treasury Department official. “Everything has changed.”

8 thoughts on “Politics of Oil

  1. You either lead or follow. Energy = money = power. Either we have it or the jihadis, our sworn enemies.

  2. If I remember right Warren Buffett purchased the rail lines in the northern tier states about the time the pipeline was being pushed. I'm sure the delays and his sizable donations to Obama's campaign are not related in the least . . . .

    Here's a link to an article on his purchase: gurufocus.com/news/215195/warren-buffett-explains-why-he-purchased-burlington-northern-santa-fe-railroad

    He certainly was "fortunate" to purchase just as shipping need for oil increased and there was "no other means available" other than his rail lines. Of course this kind of exchange between the wealth and the elected isn't new. But it still pisses me off . . .

  3. It's the job of every environmentalist to stop this in its tracks. May they all become our speed bumps.

  4. I hadn't heard that but it makes sense. A few billion in kick backs by this means to Buffet in exchange for his support of Obama. Now we know why he's in the Obama camp.

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