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The Oil Supply Constriction Is Fast Approaching

by Dr. Kent Moors | published July 18th, 2011

Shortly I’ll be off to Victoria Station, the train to Gatwick, and a welcome flight home to Pittsburgh. However, there is an accelerating development I need to tell you about before getting on the plane.

As you know, last month, the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) and the U.S. government announced they were releasing 60 million barrels of crude oil into the international market, 30 million of which coming from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

I said at the time that this would only make matters worse (“Releasing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve Will Make Volatility Surge,” June 24, 2011). The market has already confirmed my conclusion.

The move hit an unprepared market while I was in Athens on the first leg of this five-week trip. And from the outset, neither the rationale provided by Paris nor Washington rang true.

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