Energy

The retreat by the U.S. energy industry on the world stage is being felt around the globe. Now with the expectations that global demand will exceed pre-covid levels in just a few months, users of oil and gas and propane had better be prepared for sharply higher prices.
Oil prices are soaring back after the Department of Energy downplayed suggestions that they might use the strategic petroleum reserve to ban oil exports in an attempt to lower energy prices.
The combination of a slow comeback in Gulf oil production and an energy policy by the Biden administration that discourages oil and gas production is creating a situation that’s very bullish for petroleum and natural gas markets.
While global oil inventories fall at an alarming rate, continuing concerns about China property developer Evergrande are holding prices back.
Oil prices and the oil industry are battling back from severe challenges, whether it be the aftermath of Hurricane Ida or macroeconomic fears created by the Evergrande crisis in China.
Macro worries about fallout from a possible default in China, fears that the U.S. might not raise the debt ceiling, and uncertainty about the upcoming Fed meeting caused Monday's meltdown.
Global crude oil demand is exceeding supply and we're also seeing a big drawdown in inventories, especially here in the United States. That's causing the cost of oil to go up, which also raises the cost of gasoline.
In their most recent report, the EIA stated that U.S. commercial crude oil inventories fell by 6.4 million barrels, putting inventories about 7% below the 5-year average for this time of year.
Unless energy and shale producers can dramatically increase production, this global deficit of natural gas could become a major issue this winter.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) reports show that 76.88% of oil production is still offline in the Gulf of Mexico, along with 77.25% of natural gas production.