Skip to comments.Obama Blames Oil Manipulators; Who are the Real Manipulators?
Posted on 04/19/2012 1:05:22 PM PDT by Kaslin
The US and European embargo of Iranian oil is one of the factors behind the stubbornly high price of crude, trumping the huge slump in petroleum demand in the US. Although Iranian oil exports are down 33%, Iran is on a course for its third largest oil-related earnings ever. Thus, the primary beneficiary of high oil prices is Iran.
Rather than blame himself for the absurdity of the situation, president Obama blames oil speculators.
High Oil Prices Shield Iran From Sanctions
The Financial Times reports High Oil Prices Shield Iran From Sanctions.
The Centre for Global Energy Studies (CGES), a London-based think-tank, estimates that Iran will earn $56bn selling its crude this year its third-highest earnings ever even after factoring in the loss of roughly a third of its export volume due to sanctions.
Washington has imposed sanctions to penalise foreign financial institutions dealing with Irans central bank, while Brussels has approved a full embargo on Iranian crude oil starting formally from July 1.
The western allies are trying to achieve a difficult balance: hurt Iran enough to force it to negotiate over its nuclear programme, but keep enough oil flowing to avoid a price spike that damages the fragile economic recovery.
The sanctions are not working, said Olivier Jakob, head of the Swiss-based oil consultancy Petromatrix, in a note to clients. They are definitely hurting Iran as it limits its [crude oil] exports, but they are also hurting the rest of the world, given that the western powers have not managed to control prices. Iran has had a hard time repatriating those earnings but Irans president, says Tehran has enough savings to survive until 2015. We have as much hard currency as we need, and the country will manage well, even if we dont sell a single barrel of oil for two or three years.
It's difficult to know if that is a bluff or reality. However, artificially high oil prices are certainly not helping the global economy.
Obama Blames Oil Manipulators
Please consider Obama proposes steps to curb oil market manipulation
Facing heat for high gasoline prices, President Obama tried to shift the focus to Congress, Republicans and energy traders, calling for legislation that he said would "put more cops on the beat" to crack down on potential manipulation of the oil market.Who is the Real Manipulator?
Obama called on Congress to provide more money for regulators and increase penalties for market manipulators. The president, flanked by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithnerand Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., suggested that traders and speculators are affecting the price of oil and digging into Americans' pocketbooks.
"We can't afford a situation where some speculators can reap millions while millions of American families get the short end of the stick," Obama said in brief remarks in the Rose Garden on Tuesday. "That's not the way the market should work."
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Oh he must mean George Soros.
In a market economy based on freedom, we call them "investors". They create jobs. They build businesses. They build whole industries. They are the core of the entire economy. Investment is what it's all about. Without investors, we're back to a Manorial system of serfs and lords.
Obama hates "speculators". He like the old serfdom system much better.
He's trying to inflame his liberal useful idiots by resurrecting Halliburton, Cheney, Bush, et.al.
Where's the proof Barry? Oh, and by the way, where are your birth certificate and college transcripts?
Are the same speculators driving the oil price high while they drive the natural gas price low?
He should learn the meaning of the terms “constrained supply” and “increased global demand”.
Folks on the Left don’t have to learn any of those complicated economic terms. Such stuff is not relative to any real political discussion which needs only to focus on Class Warfare and why I should have more stuff and why you should have less stuff. There’s really no economics involved in that sort of thing. Just covetousness.
“My energy policies will cause energy prices to necessarily skyrocket, but when they do it will be somebody else’ fault.”
russia, imho, is the consummate oil manipulator.
Yes, it is. Now, there is an argument to be made about increasing the margin requirements on speculative contracts, but speculators, in general, maintain more consistent pricing than would otherwise be the case.
But President Obama does have a policy answer to the question, what is your plan to address rising gas prices?
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