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Ten Reasons Why a Severe Drop in Oil Prices is a Problem

Not long ago, I wrote Ten Reasons Why High Oil Prices are a Problem. If high oil prices can be a problem, how can low oil prices also be a problem? In particular, how can the steep drop in oil prices we have recently been experiencing also be a problem?

Shale Oil: Expensive, Over-hyped, and Short-Lived

The mainstream press has faithfully repeated every press and PR statement made by the shale producers.

The Revolution That Wasn’t: Why the Fracking Phenomenon Will Leave Us High and Dry

A new, landmark report shows that hopes of a long-term golden era in American oil & gas production are unfounded.

Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check On U.S. Government Forecasts For a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom

Drilling Deeper reviews the twelve shale plays that account for 82% of the tight oil production and 88% of the shale gas production in the U.S.

Has OPEC Check Mated US Shale Producers

Faced with the prospect of losing market share to tight oil producers in the US, OPEC has simply taken the most prudent business decision. Keep the taps open.  

US shale oil growth covers up production drop in rest-of-world

The world is transfixed on growing world crude production driven by US shale oil but forgets to look what is happening under this remarkable growth curve.

The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started

It turns out that the oil industry has been pulling our collective leg. The pending 96 percent reduction in estimated deep shale oil resources in California calls into question the premise of a decades-long revival in U.S. oil production and predictions of American energy independence.

What Happened to My 13 Billion Barrels?

On May 21 the Los Angeles Times reported that “Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits...”

America's Feel-Good Oil Bonanza

By now you'd think we'd be planning cautiously and conservatively for America's energy future. But thanks to the federal government's latest report on domestic energy, most everyone is again assuming that there's plenty of oil and nothing to worry about. Here's why it's dangerously wrong.

Wonders yet to come: A sound basis for energy policy?

Wonders-yet-to-come seem to dominate U.S. energy policy. There is talk of changing laws to allow the exporting of oil and natural gas. There is talk of American energy independence. There is talk of an American energy renaissance and the ruination of OPEC. It is all very breathless and …

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