Why Gas Is So Expensive Today (Hint: It’s Not Libya)

by on Mar.10, 2011, under general

(tldr: read this)

If you’re visiting this page it’s probably because you’ve come here to read my post about the impact of commodity speculation on oil prices.

This post is gone now (although much of it has been mirrored in many places around the Internet, including here). I decided to take it down from my blog because I was no longer satisfied with it. What I thought would be the ending point of a polemic became the starting point of a very helpful discussion in the comments of my site, reddit, different messageboards, etc.

While I am still convinced that the primary reason for the volatility and height of oil prices is speculative, manipulative behavior on Wall Street and not the freedom fighters in the Middle East, I also realized that my post was conceptually incomplete and analytically insufficient.

Fundamentally the point I was trying to make required much more information than I could contain in a blog post. And though the discussion, as I said, has continued in many disparate places, in a way that I find satisfying, all of that information was not contained here, in this space, and I didn’t want to maintain the illusion of completeness here any longer. Put another way, I was very happy with the conversation that had continued, but it had continued in so many disparate places that my post had essentially become only a single outpost of a much larger enterprise.

However, most of my post was simply excerpts from the following articles, so if you read them, you will understand what I was talking about.

If you read these articles then I believe you will come to the same conclusions that I did – again, in part because much of my post was simply excerpting and synthesizing the information contained within these works.

I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you – but hopefully, it will encourage you to go read the same things I read and found so helpful and illuminating.

Edit 6/13/2011: Also, this revelation from Wikileaks that the Saudis warned of speculative behavior as well.

1 comment for this entry:
  1. Michael

    Thank you for posting this, and for the original post. I have cited this link in my own ramblings with friends and acquaintances on social networks. I agree with your thoughts, and appreciate the original sources.

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