Category Archives: Crude Oil

Iraq’s Sisyphean Struggle

"Sisyphus in the Suburbs" by Photomaginarium

Increasing oil production in Iraq is an uphill battle with volatile economic and political realities impeding successful expansion efforts. Bernstein research breaks down some of the challenges that lie ahead.

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Middle East Hack Attack

A recent attack on the computer system of Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company, Saudi Aramco, by Iranian computer hackers was alarming and should have Americans taking note. Aramco is the producer of 11 million barrels per day, or approximately 13% of the world’s oil output. This resonates with Sustainable America’s mission to reduce U.S. oil dependency. Gray Peckham, an analyst at Sustainable America, explains.

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Our Fuel Gauge Is Broken

Hurricane Sandy has important lessons to teach us about our fuel supply, if we choose to listen. For one, shale oil notwithstanding, the U.S. is more reliant on imported oil now than it was at the time of the Iranian Revolution in 1979. 13D Research provides analysis.

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IEA says the U.S. will become an oil exporter by 2030…

Pumping for oil by Farhan Amoor

With the release of the IEA’s latest report, it is important to keep in mind the whole energy picture for America’s future. It’s clear that energy resilience will require more than just an increase in oil production…

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The future of oil in Iraq

Desert Gas Station by David Blackwell

It’s important to understand that increasing domestic oil production in America will not necessarily lower prices at the pump… Instead we should focus energy on alternatives to crude oil like natural gas, advanced biofuels and electric vehicles in addition to energy efficiency measures.

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Global Oil Balance to Remain Tight in 2013

A highly respected research provider, Cornerstone Analytics has allowed us to republish a preview of their 2013 Global Oil Capacity Forecast, originally published August 23, 2012. The outlook is not good for global oil balance, which likely means even higher oil prices, and bouts of global economic malaise. Some of the numbers here are pretty shocking.

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The Coming Saudi Oil Storm

At Sustainable America we found this article from Ned Davis Research important to share. As the authors John LaForge and Warren Pies illuminate, there is a perfect storm brewing in Saudi Arabia which could likely drive oil prices higher than we may have imagined in the near future.

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The Real Game-Changing Event In Energy

Photo: Smokey Drive from Lubbock to Austin / by flickr user dingatx / CC BY-NC 2.0

At Sustainable America we find this article from 13D Research interesting and on point. We believe it helps highlight the vulnerabilities of our economy to global oil supply, and the need for reducing our reliance on oil for transportation uses.

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Dropping Oil Prices & Alternative Energy

photo: windy_hill, by flickr user d_A_v_E_, under CC BY 2.0

High oil prices this decade have been hard on Americans, but if there has been any silver lining, it’s been the growth of alternative energy investment and innovation spurred by the rising cost of oil.

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Oil and the Weight of the World

Some poor countries may have booming population growth, but oil rich countries could be exhausting the world’s resources just as fast with our waistlines. New research in the journal BMC Public Health argues that tackling population weight is crucial for … Continue reading

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Currently 50 million households suffer from food insecurity, meaning that family members cannot always meet their basic food needs.

10 million people a year could be fed through the recovery of just one-fifth of food waste.

Only 2% of food waste is composted or otherwise recycled—62% of paper is recycled.

Consumers throw out about 40% of the fresh and frozen fish they buy.

The U.S. produced 208 pounds of meat per person in 2009—60% more than Europe.

Low income commuters spend a much higher proportion of their wages on gas—8.6% versus 2.1% at $4 per gallon.

Food prices rose 35-40 percentage points between 2002–2008.

Americans consume 25% of the world’s produced oil, but our nation holds less than 3% of the world’s proven oil reserves.

The International Energy Agency says greenhouse gas emissions rose 3.2% last year, with a 9.3% increase in China offsetting declines in the US and EU.


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