Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Oil at Ninety

An important item is covered here that lets us catch up on the present oil market.  Oil has recovered slowly back through to the $90 dollar mark as the global economy continues to recover back to pre 2008 levels of activity.  During this recovery, OPEC has been able to ship a million barrels per day over their so called quotas.  This all means that they are restraining supply to allow this price level to be reached while covering any shortfalls.

I suspect they have the capacity to keep the price in this particular range.  This is important.  Any higher and contraction begins to impose itself in the developed markets which is not desirable to anyone.

More important the investment to replace declining reserves is now in full swing because the industry must replace cheap declining reserves with new expensive reserves in the face of an expanding global economy.  Unsurprisingly the oil industry is spending everywhere they can.

Locking the price at $90 assures us that the development of North American shale oil reserves and restoration of depleted conventional reserves using the new petro fracking method is profitable and will turn into a massive land rush that will actually make North America completely independent of global oil.

Major alternatives are also emerging and I have no doubt that we will see the complete and rather abrupt end of the oil age quite soon.  Up until that is actually happening we have to keep the economy turning over and oil does just that.  You will be amazed over how fast the final transition will actually be.

All things indicate that peak conventional oil has passed and the present scramble should plausibly replace contracting reserves.

But keep in mind, this contraction is fast and happening across the spectrum of all our present production where any and all new production is expensive.  That is why oil is at $90 and why the alternative options are now holding up economically.

OPEC Caught Lying...

By Nick Hodge | Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Now that the Peak has passed, all sorts of interesting tidbits are emerging.
Take the December 13th BusinessWeek article that declared OPEC is cheating the most since 2004...
Apparently, the oil cartel pumped 26.78 million barrels per day (mmbd) this year. Yet they have a production limit of only 24.845 mmbd, set at the end of 2008 in response to the recession.
So your friendly neighborhood fuel gang has been breaking its output limit by 1.934 million barrels — everyday, all year long.
With crude at its highest price in two years, overproduction allows OPEC members to boost profits without formally changing output targets.
An extra 1.934 mmbd at $80 works out to a nice “informal” $56.47 billion boost.
OPEC's been lying... That's nothing new.
What's important here is to note the willingness to extract as much as they can as prices rise.
Analysts, start your engines
If the price of oil creeps high enough, OPEC will officially raise its target to cash in.
$100 seems to be the obvious trigger to make that happen, and the consensus is that it will happen this year.
Oil's at $91.43 as I write this — up 30% from the year's low.
Goldman says it'll “average $100 in 2010 and $110 in 2012.” JPMorgan says we'll see $120 by the end of 2012.
Adding to the pricing fire, U.S. stockpiles declined by 19 million barrels this month thanks to intense cold and holiday travel. That's the biggest monthly decrease since December 2006.
I'm sure you've noticed gas station marquee numbers are back on the march.
Prices at the pump have officially broken $3.00 for the first time since October 2008. And they aren't expected to ease anytime soon.
John Hofmeister (former President of Shell, current Head of Citizens for Affordable Energy) is touring TV land this week with a new prediction:
We'll be paying $5.00 per gallon in less than two years, and sometime between 2018 and 2020 there will be another 1970s-style energy shortage requiring rationing.
And this guy didn't just jump on the bandwagon; he's been saying for years that “the last days of affordable gas are behind us.”
He's been attacking our national energy policy since the turn of the century,saying business as usual would lead us to an “energy abyss”.
And like an ever-increasing cadre of oil execs, he admits conventional oil production is in decline, and is convinced we must turn to unconventional sources to fill the gap — and avoid gas station rationing.
There's still time to put this trend to work for your portfolio. Oil at $200 per barrel implies a 122% increase from today's prices.
Buying an oil or gasoline fund like United States Gasoline (NYSE: UGA) or ProShares Ultra Crude Oil (NYSE: UCO) or top unconventional oil plays will ensure rising oil prices translate into personal profits...
Those stocks and funds are already marching in step:
It explains the future of drilling for hard-to-get oil, and the one company that will make shareholders rich as it unlocks billions of barrels worth of unconventional reserves.
Call it like you see it,

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