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Shell, mulling a new Louisiana plant, turns to a community go-between

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Nov. 4, 2013 edition.) Shell might build a natural gas-to-liquids or GTL plant in Louis...

Is the U.S. Losing Saudi Arabia to China?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Saudi Arabia's declared intention to pivot away from the U.S. in foreign policy implies a shift toward Beijing, which predates both the Obama presidency and the Arab Awakening.

Blatant Distortion and Manipulation of Oil Prices Laid Bare

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 10.26.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

What transpired on Friday was a brutal movement in the price of oil to the enormous benefit to oil interests. And for no reason that can be explained by either an interruption in supply, direct nor indirect, nor significant change in demand, nor economic data supporting the move.

The Price of Oil: Speculation, Manipulation Or a Deeply Broken System

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 09.07.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Will it be a serious and searching probe of the malevolent formation of prices in the oil industry, costing American and world consumers billions, or just a cursory headline in the manner of the now discredited 'The Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group.'

Is Saudi Arabia's Trojan Horse Spiking Gasoline Prices Americans Are Paying at the Pump?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 08.31.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

If the nation is benefiting so handsomely from its newly developed riches in natural gas, why have similar developments in the spectrum of oil production not resulted in a comparable impact?

The Price of Gasoline and the Patently Absurd Application of Our Sovereign Immunity Law

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.26.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

We have an anomaly in our courts, irresponsibly supported by the executive and legislative branches of our government, in the manner that our courts interpret Sovereign Immunity and, in turn, its impact on our day to day lives.

Will Chuck Hagel Be the Oil Producers' Plant in Our Government?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Chuck Hagel needs be asked many questions but one overriding issue is Hagel's relationship to the interests of the oil producers from Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and on.

OPEC's Massive $1 Trillion Haul in 2012 While Sowing Jihad

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 03.07.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

This torrent of money flowing into OPEC, especially into the Persian Gulf States, raises the question how this massive windfall is being put to use other than providing fresh capital for the world's largest sovereign wealth funds, as those of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

Getting Serious About Saudi Arabia

Abraham R. Wagner | Posted 08.20.2011 | World
Abraham R. Wagner

Following 9/11, the U.S. looked to the Saudis as another ally in the "Global War on Terror." Far less attention was paid to the facts that some of the 9/11 al Qaeda terrorists came from Saudi Arabia.

OPEC Talks Collapse With No Deal On Increasing Output

Posted 08.08.2011 | Business

VIENNA (Amena Bakr and Emma Farge) - OPEC talks broke down in acrimony Wednesday without an agreement to raise output after Saudi Arabia failed to...

Today's Business Headline "Futures Turn Higher Following OPEC News"... Really!?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Blazoned on the top of the CNBC News page was the headline, "US Futures Turn Higher Following OPEC News." The article goes on to advise that OPEC was considering raising production for the first time in two years.

WikiLeaks Brings Misguided Joy to Preachers of Oil's Peak

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The perception of shortage is one of the bedrocks of the oil producers' pricing propaganda, rationalizing steepening prices and profits to the OPEC cartel. So of course we're fed reports of scarcity.

The New York Times Continues Its Fawning Coverage of Saudi Oil Policies

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

A recent report in the Times on the geopolitics of oil misses key points in describing Saudi Arabia's oil policy, and incorrectly asserts that the global recession "forced" the country to reduce production.