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    Quote Originally Posted by Constitutionally Speaking View Post
    They actually did not. They PROMISED to increase production. They have made these empty promises before and have not followed through. The market simply does not believe them anymore. Even if I am wrong and missed that they actually DID increase production, an increase of supply by that amount probably would not affect prices significantly anyway.

    The KEY is that the cushion between supply and demand be enough to absorb any surprise interruption in supply. With demand out-pacing supply by 1 million barrels per day, we simply do not have that cushion. Production of oil needs to exceed demand by enough to accomplish an effective cushion. I could be wrong on the cushion needed, but finding that cushion is the key to stop the speculation.

    This is not to say the falling dollar has nothing to do with it, but at it's core, the price of oil is Supply and Demand and the perception of what supply and demand will be in the future.
    You're correct in that the Saudis have not yet started to pump the extra oil. The new targets are slated to go into effect on 01 July. However, I don't think you're correct in your assessment that the market doesn't believe them. I work on the Street a lot, though not in the commodities markets. Traders believe the Saudis, but they don't think that amount will affect their prices, as they see demand immediately exceeding any additional supply in those types of ranges (700k-2M).

    That's why I contend there is no short term fix in terms of supply and demand. The real short-term fix is to get the dollar back to at least $1.25 to the Euro and you will see a significant drop in the price. That's also not to say that long term fixes, particularly nuclear and other alternatives, should not be initiated as well. However, I despair as to the existence of any politician with the vision and the courage to take those long-term measures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
    The real short-term fix is to get the dollar back to at least $1.25 to the Euro and you will see a significant drop in the price.
    Not to mention a significant surge in my interest in the Greek islands as a vacation destination next spring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold Warrior View Post
    The Saudis just increased it by 700000 barrels per day, 35% of the increase you specify. Oil prices did not plummet, but effectively remained stable in the $136 per barrel range. The price of oil is as high as it is because of the weakness of the dollar.
    The first story that broke was that they were going to increase production by 500,000 barrels per day; the latest I have heard, it will be a 200,000 increase starting on July 1.

    After everyone spends their rebate checks, I look for people to start driving less and the price of a barrel of oil to go down. That does not necessarily mean that gasoline prices will drop proportionally because the refineries profit margins are slim. Less gasoline usage combined with a no interest rate cut by the Feds, the dollar will rise.
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    Unreal. It is so completely unacceptable to think that we as Americans cannot solve our energy crisis, and yes it is a crisis, in 3 to 5 years. Yet to hear our prospective Pres. candidates, in this the 21st century it will take a GENERATION? Of course realistically, with all the nonsense these same type of idiotic politicians, the barriers to progress, the pandering to looney enviro-wackos, the NIMBY morons, you couldn't get a windmill built, let alone a nuke plant. 20 years it took just to get the paperwork for Yucca mountain. Is it that they are purposefully trying destroy our economy, our very existence as a nation. I try not to believe in conspiracy theories, that the North American Union is some crazy tin-foil hat delusion, but why on God's little blue marble is nothing being done. Just moments ago the dems put forth a proposal in the house to stop price gouging; WHHAATT. We the people are not being heard. It is time we get the pitchforks and torches and start ending the careers of career politicians. It didn't even take 20 years from the Declaration Of Independence to the completion of our Constitution, and we had to fight the British empire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ConJinx View Post
    Unreal. It is so completely unacceptable to think that we as Americans cannot solve our energy crisis, and yes it is a crisis, in 3 to 5 years. Yet to hear our prospective Pres. candidates, in this the 21st century it will take a GENERATION? Of course realistically, with all the nonsense these same type of idiotic politicians, the barriers to progress, the pandering to looney enviro-wackos, the NIMBY morons, you couldn't get a windmill built, let alone a nuke plant. 20 years it took just to get the paperwork for Yucca mountain. Is it that they are purposefully trying destroy our economy, our very existence as a nation. I try not to believe in conspiracy theories, that the North American Union is some crazy tin-foil hat delusion, but why on God's little blue marble is nothing being done. Just moments ago the dems put forth a proposal in the house to stop price gouging; WHHAATT. We the people are not being heard. It is time we get the pitchforks and torches and start ending the careers of career politicians. It didn't even take 20 years from the Declaration Of Independence to the completion of our Constitution, and we had to fight the British empire.
    Best words I've heard all day especially this "It is time we get the pitchforks and torches and start ending the careers of Liberal and RINO career politicians. "
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