Talk:Peak oil: we have oil
Relocated posting by 22.214.171.124 from article page - --Bob Burton 04:28, 22 Aug 2005 (EDT) I also relocted a list of suggested Google searches -- I'm not sure that really helps all that much or sits comfortably in a listing of references that users may find useful. The Wyden ref seems to belong on another page - its not really a peak oil ref but relates to other aspects of oil policy. Maybeone someone else can find a more app home or re-instate if they think I've got it wrong.--Bob Burton 04:52, 22 Aug 2005 (EDT)
- It's funny, despite all the rationales for the oil and gas spiral of the 1970's, how it all ended shortly after the Windfall Tax Act seized excess profits and put an end to big oil's market reach.
I find it interesting that many areas of oil production are found near current subduction zones around the world; California, Venezuela, Indonesia, etc. I also think that the following searches would be far more edifying than running around screaming, "the sky is falling, the sky is falling" which much of the 'peak oil' palaver resembles. Please see:
- "ancient subduction zones" Google Search, try +oil +petroleum +"fossil fuel"
- U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Campaign of Inaction: The Federal Trade Commission's Refusal to Protect Consumer's from Consolidation, Cutbacks and Manipulation in America's Oil and Gasoline Markets An Investigative Report, wyden.senate.gov, June 15, 2004.
The Wyden ref seems to belong on another page - its not really a peak oil ref but relates to other aspects of oil policy.
I see the 'peak oil' discussion as only a part of the overall discussion of the reasons for the oil/gasoline price spiral.
I remember the 1970's price spirals quite well, hence the remark, "It's funny, despite all the rationales for the oil and gas spiral of the 1970's, how it all ended shortly after the Windfall Tax Act seized excess profits and put an end to big oil's market reach."
At that time, big oil's seizure of market power translated into a suppression of most all other industries by sapping and soaking up their marginal profits. One of the first sectors to begin failing was the transportation industry, which is beginning to happen again. In the '70s, big oil, the "seven sisters", used 'peak oil' as a cover for their market over-reach also. In the end, the only industries surviving these tactics were the ones in which big oil had no leverage, precious metals and military suppliers, etc. This market over-reach, plus the Fed's attempts to halt the price inflation resulting from capital's attempts to preserve itself in the precious metal's markets and the Fed's prior inflationary policies, caused major economic and demographic disruptions throughout the country. The oil/gas, and thus gold, price spiral in the '70s did indeed end within two years of the passage of the 1980 Windfall Profits Tax, thereby validating the origin of the economic downturn. (Note: Top immediately followed cancellation of Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act - 1973 to 1981; previously oil was withheld from market)
Therefore, it's my opinion that any discussions of peak oil should be liberally salted with discussion of alternative reasons for the cause of the current oil/gas price spiral and that is, oil's oligarchical market over-reach. Big oil used 'peak oil' in the past as a front and they're now doing it again.
- "ancient subduction zones" Google Search, try +oil +petroleum +"fossil fuel"
- gasoline+"market power"+2005 Google Search
- gasoline+oligopoly+2005 Google Search
- gasoline+"vertical integration"+2005 Google Search
- gasoline+"Zone pricing"+2005 Google Search
- gasoline+"restraint of trade"+2005 Google Search
- gasoline+manipulation+2005 Google Search
- gasoline+consolidation+2005 Google Search
- Abiogenic Oil - scientific paper references Exhausted Yahoo Search - 153 links
Reports to the Ford Foundation Energy Policy Project - 1974 to 1980 http://www.fordfound.org/elibrary/search/list-browse.cfm?browse_by=Subjects&subject_id=1783
Competition in the US Energy Industry - Ford Foundation 1975 http://www.fordfound.org/elibrary/documents/0150/toc.cfm
Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act - 1973 to 1981
Arab Oil Embargo - Late 1973 to 1974
Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) Energy Citations Database - National Petroleum Council Papers, by date
Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) Energy Citations Database - Energy Policy Project, by date
Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) Energy Citations Database - Oil Embargo, by date
Current Prices and Charts
Spot Prices & Charts Note the differentials between the Dubai spot price and the others in the first set of charts. Certainly transportation costs are a component of these differentials, however non-competition could also play a significant role. The second set of charts show spot and futures prices for Brent crude. Differentials in these could give an indication of the impact of speculation on oil prices, which doesn't appear to be as great as some believe.
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This is either outright propaganda or they are confused. The Emergency Petroleum Allocation Act, which set price controls on oil was rescinded in 1982, not 1988. The Windfall Profits Tax was initiated in 1980 or 81, oil began declining within two years. It was rescinded about 1988. , wiki. See EIA/DOE chronology, . Who and what is this organisation and who funds them? The oil industry shut in production of older wells, not because they couldn't make a profit on the production from them, but through complicit noncompetition, they could make even more on drilling new wells. Big oil was an oligarchy then and is even more concentrated now. 
Is Big Oil Withholding Supply?
Fixing prices is one thing, but withholding supply, which would drive up general price levels world-wide is another. But both complicit noncompetition and withholding supply is difficult to prove.
However, the Big 5 do have their hand in every significant field in the world. Major oil companies compete with each other to grab their 'share' of significant new finds.  Perhaps this competition isn't so much about production than it is about control. Some of these same companies and others are sitting on profitable leases already in their possession. Exxon Mobil and others have failed to drill on leases on Alaska's North Slope, bordering the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, for nearly thirty years, while trying to arm-twist the Alaska and U.S. government into new concessions.  Keeping prices high would be especially helpful to Exxon Mobil, they still owe $5 billion to Alaska for the 1989 spill. 
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Note: Noncompetition with OPEC is keeping prices artificially high. I don't think developed countries would object to the earnings of Big Oil rising from 7% to 10% provided overall prices decline.
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