OPEC: Threat or menace…?

Michael Giberson … or a clumsy cartel causing excessive volatility in world oil prices, or maybe none of the above. Earlier this week the Cato Institute hosted a discussion of a recent report by Andrew Morriss and Roger Meiners, “Competition in World Oil Markets: A Meta-Analysis and Review.” Panelists included Morriss, FedEx chairman Frederick Smith, and … More OPEC: Threat or menace…?

Virginia Postrel on Delta’s refinery purchase

Lynne Kiesling Just a quick note to accompany the discussion in the comments on Mike’s post about Southwest Airlines, Delta Airlines, and fuel price hedging: a couple of weeks ago Virginia Postrel had a very good analysis of the reasons why the Delta-Conoco transaction is not a good idea, in her regular column at Bloomberg … More Virginia Postrel on Delta’s refinery purchase

Oil speculator witch hunt, 2012 edition

Michael Giberson Steve Mufson at the Washington Post reports: President Obama proposed measures Tuesday to step up oversight of energy markets and boost by tenfold the penalties for market manipulation, in an effort to blunt political pressure over the 20 percent increase in gasoline prices since the beginning of the year. [Links in source.] Not that the administration has … More Oil speculator witch hunt, 2012 edition

Hamilton on the main reason oil prices are high

Michael Giberson Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi said  there was “no rational reason” for current high oil prices, since there were enough supplies and all consumers were getting oil. James Hamilton rises to object, “if oil prices were lower, the world would want to consume more than is currently being produced.” Hamilton examines what the quantity … More Hamilton on the main reason oil prices are high

The WSJ’s confused story on gasoline prices and crude oil prices

Michael Giberson The story in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal on the link between gasoline prices and crude oil prices was a bit frustrating. The article does a reasonable job explaining key pieces of the puzzle, but then fails to assemble the puzzle into something resembling reality. The story is headlined, “Gas Stays High as Oil … More The WSJ’s confused story on gasoline prices and crude oil prices

Oil speculator witch hunt, 2011 edition

Lynne Kiesling Following up on Mike’s post yesterday about pandering politicians and their 2011 edition of the recurring petroleum price witch hunt … Others have weighed in on the idiocy of this “Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group”. Let’s start with KP’s go-to energy finance economist, Craig Pirrong: … it’s an opportunistic effort to … More Oil speculator witch hunt, 2011 edition