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The Price of Oil: Saudi Hypocrisy, Our Gullibility

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

One is compelled to pull out that old chestnut, "There he goes again." The personage of a Saudi oil spokesman entertaining us to one of his seminal dissertations, expounding on Saudi Arabia's concerns for the well being of all mankind.

This Country Is Luxury's Latest Favorite

AP | YINKA IBUKUN | Posted 03.22.2012 | Business

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Glittering sapphire necklaces, designer suits against perfumed skin, the taste of freshly popped Champagne and the roar of a speedin...

Obama Fulminates Over China's Export Restrictions on Rare-Earths While Silent On OPEC's Collusion

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.18.2012 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

OPEC continues to practice its restraint of trade scot-free, with nary a word of condemnation given the influence of oil interests, the commodity exchanges, and our incredibly oblivious courts.

U.S., U.K. Making Big Move On Oil Prices

Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics

By Richard Mably LONDON--Britain has decided to cooperate with the United States in a bilateral agreement to release strategic oil stocks, two ...

With Iran, How Hard Do Sanctions Really Bite?

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 05.11.2012 | World
Daniel J. Graeber

Planned oil embargoes by the European Union could be seen as largely symbolic moves by opponents of the Islamic republic, though it's the pressure on Tehran's finances that appear to be striking the biggest blow.

Oil vs. Morning in America

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business
Brent Budowsky

Do not underestimate the potential political and economic power of the recovery that has begun. The economy still faces challenges, but the signs of recovery are real, growing and widening in scope.

Oil Boom Wreaks Havoc On North Dakota Towns

AP | DALE WETZEL | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — In the last two years, Williston school superintendent Viola LaFontaine has had to manage an influx of 480 new students brough...

The New York Times Continues to Pump Up the Price of Oil to the Oil Industry's Joy

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.12.2012 | Media
Raymond J. Learsy

The New York Times has become an important contributor to the public's baleful acceptance of having its pockets picked by oil interests.

Green. Peace. The Netherlands Take the LEED.

Natalie Pace | Posted 02.29.2012 | Green
Natalie Pace

There is much to be learned from the Dutch, who have found a way, through public and private partnerships, cultural indoctrination and political will to make green peace a part of daily life.

The Climate Post: Surprise Deal Emerges at United Nations Climate Talks

Mason Inman | Posted 02.15.2012 | Green
Mason Inman

In a surprise turnaround, the UN climate talks produced a new deal to eventually curb global emissions moving forward.

The Cowboys in Congress

Paul Heroux | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics
Paul Heroux

What are the options for dealing with Iran's nuclear program? We can do nothing; but doing nothing isn't a real option. We can use our military to target Iran's nuclear sites, but this is bound to have unforeseen consequences. Or we can sanction Iran.

Iran Threatens the Use of the 'Oil Weapon'

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 01.21.2012 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

The threat has now been made clear. Iran stands ready to withhold oil exports as a matter of policy if it feels it would be advantageous to its political goals and has now clearly put that option on the table.

The Climate Post: Only Five Years Left to Make Transition to Low-Carbon Infrastructure

Mason Inman | Posted 01.14.2012 | Green
Mason Inman

The infrastructure built over the next five years could "lock in" enough emissions to push the world past its target for limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to the International Energy Agency's latest annual update of energy trends, World Energy Outlook.

Exxon Profits Ironically Jump 41% While Our Government Snoozes Away

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 01.03.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Ironically, Exxon's significant increase in profits of late comes after its Chairman and CEO virtually pleaded in May with the pooh-bahs of the Senate Finance Committee to rein in the excessive speculation, if not manipulation, of oil on the commodity exchanges.

Europe's Praiseworthy Syrian Oil Embargo. Why Not Now a U.N. World Embargo on Iran's Oil??

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Raymond J. Learsy

Europe's bold embargo of Syrian oil and the impact it is beginning to have on the Syrian regime stands in stark contrast to the seemingly ineffective sanctions imposed by the United Nations on Iran in response to Tehran's clandestine nuclear program.

The Half-Billion Solyndra Debacle -- Why Is Steven Chu Energy Secretary?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.26.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Energy Secretary Steven Chu has impressive credentials, but he is sadly miscast for the rough and tumble, oft unforgiving world of oil and energy markets and its cast of malign actors

EXTRA! EXTRA! Wall Street Journal and New York Times Finally Catch Up, Report "Peak Oil" Theory Is Bogus

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Times are a changing. With "peak oil" finally in proper perspective the hegemony of OPEC over the oil market is starting to sunder. The ascendancy of oil production in many corners of the world is beginning to change the accepted rules of the market.

Rick Perry President? A Primer on What a Texas Governor's Presidency Can Do For You and the Oil Industry

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Would a Perry presidency be tempted to follow in this predecessor's footsteps? Given the incestuous interrelationship between Texas politics and oil, in many ways the Bush presidency becomes a cautionary tale.

A Rick Perry Presidency? Get Ready for the Next Gas Spike

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.06.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Most worrisome about a Rick Perry presidency for those of us who don't live in Texas and are not engaged in the oil business is the prospect of staggeringly higher gasoline prices, and the impact that would have on the nation's economy.

Jon Ward

Jon Huntsman's Jobs Plan Cements Shift From Green Republican To Energy Hawk

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – As recently as June, an environmental website declared former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman the "greenest" of the Republican presidential cand...

$2 a Gallon Gas, Michele Bachmann? Aim Higher.

Adam Levin | Posted 10.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Levin

Michele Bachmann asserted that, if elected, she will fight to bring us back to the heady days of $2 per gallon gasoline. That's one hell of a campaign promise.

Which Countries Will Benefit Most From The Return Of Libyan Oil? [GRAPHIC]

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.25.2011 | Business

As Libyan rebels celebrate the likely overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi's regime, nation's who once relied on Libya's oil exports may soon share their jubi...

World Stocks Still Hung Up On Recession Fears

AP | PAMELA SAMPSON | Posted 10.22.2011 | Business

BANGKOK — Asian stocks mostly inched higher Tuesday after gyrating markets on Wall Street and Europe ended with modest gains. Oil prices rose t...

Venezuelan Energy Minister Now Controls World's Biggest Oil Reserves

The Guardian | Virginia Lopez | Posted 10.19.2011 | World

Rafael Ramírez should be ranked as one of the most powerful men in the world. As the Venezuelan minister for energy, he is also head of the country's...

The Climate Post: As Markets Dive, Clean Energy Stocks Hit by "Triple Whammy"

Mason Inman | Posted 10.11.2011 | Green
Mason Inman

The stock market took a beating this week, after rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded U.S. bonds -- but clean tech stocks have been falling even faster than the market as a whole.