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Archive for the 'Oil Prices' Category

Obama: Drill, Baby, Drill

President Obama announced the first expansion in offshore drilling in decades: WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday described his proposal to open vast expanses of American coastlines to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, as a painful but necessary decision. He said that his plan to allow drilling along […]

Is The Oil Market Collapsing ?

by @ Saturday, December 6th, 2008. Filed under Credit Crisis, Economics, Gas Prices, Oil Prices

The Upside Of A Down Economy

by @ Wednesday, November 12th, 2008. Filed under Economics, Gas Prices, Oil Prices

Thanks largely to a decline in economic activity worldwide, oil and gas prices are continuing to fall: HOUSTON — Retail gasoline prices dipped for a 17th week since July 4, falling below $2 a gallon in a number of states and approaching $1.50 at some service stations. The price of crude fell again too, hitting […]

John McCain: A Republican Against Profit

by @ Friday, October 31st, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Business, Economics, Gas Prices, John McCain, Oil Prices, Politics

Today, ExxonMobil reported the biggest profit earned by any company in American history: NEW YORK ( — Exxon Mobil Corp. set a quarterly profit record for a U.S. company Thursday, surging past analyst estimates. Exxon Mobil (XOM, Fortune 500), the leading U.S. oil company, said its third-quarter net profit was $14.83 billion, or $2.86 per […]

Approach Of Ike Brings Spike In Gas Prices

by @ Friday, September 12th, 2008. Filed under Economics, Gas Prices, In The News, Oil Prices, Weather

As with Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita, the approach of Hurricane Ike toward the Texas Gulf Coast is bringing a spike in gasoline prices: As Hurricane Ike bore down on one of the world’s largest concentrations of oil refineries, workers scrambled to shut down production and join hundreds of thousands of residents evacuating the area. […]

China Signs $3 Billion Oil Deal With Iraq

by @ Thursday, August 28th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Gas Prices, Iraq, John McCain, Oil Prices, Politics

I’m guess that this isn’t exactly the kind of news that John McCain wants to have come out right before the Republican convention: SHANGHAI, China (AP) — China and Iraq have signed a $3 billion deal revising an earlier agreement for China’s biggest oil company to help develop the Ahdab oil field, an official at […]

What A Coincidence

by @ Friday, August 15th, 2008. Filed under Economics, Gas Prices, Oil Prices

Dollar up: Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) — The dollar headed for a fifth weekly gain against the euro, its longest winning streak in more than two years, as crude oil prices declined and economies from Germany to Japan contracted. The U.S. currency rose to the strongest level in almost six months against the euro and a […]

The Price Mechanism In Action, Day 25

by @ Monday, August 11th, 2008. Filed under Economics, Gas Prices, Oil Prices

While the run-up in gas prices earlier this summer got alot of press attention, it’s interesting that we haven’t seen that much attention paid to the fact that gas prices have been steadily falling for a month now: NEW YORK ( — Retail gasoline prices fell for the 25th day in a row, a survey […]

Supply, Meet Demand

by @ Thursday, July 10th, 2008. Filed under Economics, Gas Prices, Oil Prices

Empirical evidence that pricing signals actually do change behavior: As average gas prices hit a record high of $4.108 a gallon this week, the government released new data showing that drivers have cut back their use of the fuel to levels not seen in five years. The average price of gasoline in the U.S. has […]

Well, So Much For That Theory

by @ Tuesday, July 1st, 2008. Filed under Economics, Gas Prices, Oil Prices

The oil futures market is getting a lot of the blame for the rise in oil prices, and “evil” “speculators” are the politicians’ news boogeyman. But, the truth is, it seems, quite another story: NEW YORK ( — An influential oil-policy group released a report Tuesday arguing that the increase in oil-market speculation is not […]

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