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The US could run afoul of the WTO if LNG export approvals are not more quickly granted. “In a report commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers, he [James Bacchus] wrote, ‘The tables may be turned on the United States directly in the WTO, but also through other countries walking away from core principles that… Keep reading →

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US refiners have had a tough 25 years, Pioneer Natural Resources Chairman and CEO Scott Sheffield said during a lunch keynote presentation at the Independent Petroleum Association of America Oil & Gas Investment Symposium in New York today. East Coast refiners face a competitive disadvantage to those located on the Gulf Coast because Eastern plants… Keep reading →

'Liberated' Eastern Libya Adjusts To Life Without Gaddafi Rule

The Brent-WTI spread narrowed further yesterday, with the price differential currently around $6/bbl, as Libya continues to shake up the international oil market. “Libya, the holder of Africa’s biggest crude reserves, has become the smallest producer in the 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries after protests halted production and shipments. Output shrank to 250,000 barrels… Keep reading →

Bush , Middle East Leaders Attend Annapolis Peace Conference

The Saudis threatened to block fellow GCC member Qatar’s land and sea borders unless it cuts all Muslim Brotherhood ties, shuts down Al Jazeera and expels think tanks Brookings Doha Centre and the Rand Qatar Policy Institute. Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain withdrew their ambassadors from Doha last week to protest Qatar’s Muslim Brotherhood support,… Keep reading →

FL Gov. Rick Scott Tours Dredge Site At PortMiami

The Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington D.C., recently published “Big Bets & Black Swans – A Presidential Briefing Book” with policy recommendations for President Obama in 2014. Among a plethora of issues addressed, Tim Boersma and Charles K. Ebinger also discuss lifting the ban on U.S. oil exports. Let’s briefly assess the validity… Keep reading →

Animal Sanctuary Rescues And Shelters Abused And Abandoned Wildlife

Hedge funds are pulling out of bets that crude oil prices will rise in the short to medium term. With the market currently well supplied, investors are increasingly taking futures and options positions that could be profitable if oil prices decline further. “Money managers cut net-long positions, or wagers on rising prices, for benchmark West… Keep reading →

Eastern Libya Continues Fight Against Gaddafi Forces

By: Sri Jegarajah U.S. crude futures are on course for their fifth weekly loss, reflecting a build-up of domestic stockpiles while Brent crude may gain on concern of continued export disruptions from OPEC member Libya, CNBC’s latest market survey of traders, analysts and strategists showed. Broadly, two-thirds of the respondents in CNBC’s latest poll of… Keep reading →

50,000 Descend Upon Rio De Janeiro For Rio+20 Earth Summit

The spread between benchmark crude oil prices for WTI and Brent recently widened to over $10 per barrel after reaching parity this past summer, and signals indicate this is partially due to an oversupplied US Gulf Coast refining center. It also suggests that equity investors might want to be wary of US Exploration & Production… Keep reading →

Global Issues Impact Oil Price

The US became a net-exporter of oil products like gasoline and diesel fuel in 2011 for the first time since 1949 and oil product exports have steadily increased since that point. US refiners found a new lease on life – after several East Coast refinery closures – by purchasing Bakken crude at a discount to… Keep reading →

Global Issues Impact Oil Price

As new infrastructure is constructed to move oil in and out of the US storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma, the volume and quality of the crude stored at any given time is becoming increasingly difficult to calculate, confounding traders of benchmark WTI. [Reuters] Former EPA chief Lisa Jackson took a job promoting energy efficiency at… Keep reading →

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