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  • Lloyds Unit Reports Plunge in OPEC Dec. Production

    Tank tracker Lloyds Marine Intelligence Unit said Friday that oil exports from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries fell to less than 23 million barrels a day in December from just under 24 million barrels a day in November, according to a Dow Jones newswire report.

    Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude oil producer and exporter, was the quickest to implement OPEC’s production cuts; its exports in December were 1.1 million barrels a day lower than before the OPEC’s October call for production cuts.

    “The market has been concerned about the rate of OPEC compliance. Yesterday, it was worried compliance was bad. Today, it’s worried that it’s good,” said Tim Evans, an energy analyst at Citigroup Global Markets. “Overall, the larger story is that OPEC production is declining.”

  • Chuck: I happen to know that you’re quite interested in oil / energy and I’m wondering what your take on this news is?

  • My take on it is that I’m not surprised. The Kuwaitis admitted to artificially inflating their reserves and I feel that other OPEC nations are artificially inflating their reserves too…and it will eventually catch up to them. Thing is, with declining production, you don’t know you’re in decline until well after production begins falling.

  • Hmm yeah, another question: why is it that you’re so interested in this kinda thing? Do you consider oil / energy to be, perhaps, the most pressing issue today?

    My take on it? Perhaps not ‘the’ most, but at least one of the most pressing issues of our time. It is related to so much, to ‘our’ economies, even to the environment but also, obviously, to foreign policy / the situation in the world. If ‘we’ truly want to do something about certain regimes in the Middle East, we should find alternative energy resources / become less dependent on their freaking oil. They bind us, they have us in their pocket and they know it.

    What do you think, most pressing issue, one of the most pressing issues or neither?

  • John Aravosis offers an interesting first-person account of the DC peace demo at Americablog:

    “It was an interesting mix of people. Rather young, which was very interesting. Lots of students, and kids in their 20s. And not your usual peacenik crowd – these kids looked like upper middle class college kids (not an easy crowd to motivate politically).”

  • There are a lot of major issues, MvdG, you’re right. But one single issue if solved can start a domino effect on good portion of the rest of the issues. First, a telling statistic:

    Countries in decreasing order of oil consumption. (Barrels per day, as of 2003.)

    United States 20,033,504
    Japan 5,578,386
    China 5,550,000
    Germany 2,677,443
    Russia 2,675,000
    India 2,320,000
    Canada 2,193,263
    South Korea 2,168,128
    Brazil 2,100,000
    France 2,059,843

    Most Populous Nations, as of 2004

    1 China 1,315,844,000
    2 India 1,110,000,000
    3 USA 301,574,000
    4 Indonesia 222,781,000
    5 Brazil 186,405,000
    6 Pakistan 164,000,000
    7 Bangladesh 145,000,000
    8 Russia 142,800,000
    9 Nigeria 131,530,000
    10 Japan 127,000,000

    When I look at that…something’s off, isn’t it? Exactly. Also, look where all of the known oil in the world is located (click here)
    Also, demand and supply are very close. Another link about crude oil, its production, and what products derive from it (gotta love Wikipedia, it makes bringing stuff up much faster).

    I’ll basically leave it up to you to connect the dots. I’m sure you’ll be surprised what you deduce. I was.

  • MvdG…my take is awaiting moderation. Give it a little time (can’t wait to register…it’s gonna make life easier).

  • Jim S

    Michael,

    We are an energy dependent civilization. We always will be. The questions are the source of the energy, how efficiently we use it and how our methods of energy generation affect our environment. I think these are all intertwined and very important in what I hope will be the short range, say the next century or so.

    This in a way leads to one of my gripes about how people address this issue. Notice that I mention several issues that are all involved in questions of energy consumption. All too often in the media and debates on blogs someone will criticize a proposed source of energy or method of helping with pollution problems as inadequate to solving the problem. My answer is: Of course it won’t solve the problem. No one thing will solve everything. The issues are too large and complex. Everything that contributes is useful and shouldn’t be criticized for not being a magic bullet.

    For generation we will need wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal and every other source we can come up with that will produce needed energy without contributing more to our environmental problems. This could also include carbon based energy sources so long as their impact can be drastically cut by CO2 sequestration or some other technology.

    Frankly, I think that given the importance of these issues to our country and the world what’s been spent on research concerning all of the issues related to energy generation and usage is a pittance of what is needed. We need research on improving renewable energy source efficiency, safer nuclear fission plants, nuclear fusion and improving our systems for transmitting energy. Then there comes figuring a way to mitigate what we’ve already done and will do in the next few decades as we search for solutions to the previously mentioned problems, if we can. And all of this doesn’t even begin to address everything we do to alter our climate, which is another complex issue.

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