The United States will knock off Saudi Arabia as the world's top energy producer by 2015

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  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    U.S. to become top oil producer by 2015
    By Virginia Harrison @vharrisoncnn November 12, 2013: 10:29 AM ET


    LONDON (CNNMoney)
    The United States will knock off Saudi Arabia as the world's top energy producer by 2015, but its power as a global energy force will fade over the next decade, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.
    Massive investment in the production of shale gas has driven the U.S. supply boom, thanks in large part to new technologies such as hydraulic fracking, which has made the extraction of oil and gas from shale rock commercially viable.

    But limited reserves will cap the surge in shale oil output within the next 10 years.

    "Shale oil is good news for the U.S, but we do not expect this trend will continue after the 2020s," IEA chief economist Fatih Birol told reporters Tuesday, at the launch of the 2013 World Energy Outlook in London.

    That will translate into an increase in OPEC producers' share of global output since those nations would remain the only large source of relatively low cost oil.

    "Middle East oil is crucial to the global oil industry today, and also tomorrow," Birol said.

    Related: U.S. to pump more oil than Russia in 2014

    The OPEC oil cartel, which includes Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, controls the vast majority of world oil reserves.

    As a major exporter, top producer Saudi Arabia is critical to future energy supplies. By contrast, the United States relies on its newfound energy wealth to power domestic consumption.

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    Birol said despite the growth in U.S. energy supplies, the new era isn't one of "oil abundance," due to demand pressures and declining production from existing crude fields.

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    The IEA also noted that power-hungry Asia will continue to re-shape the global energy landscape. About two-thirds of future world energy demand will come from the region.

    India will take over from China as the biggest energy demand center around 2020.

    The Middle East will also have a rising impact on demand. By 2035 the Middle East will consume the same amount of oil as China does today, according to the IEA. bug.
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  2. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    If you factor in Canadian and Mexican production a war with Iran would impact price but not supply in North America. Unless barry decides to start a oil welfare program for the world.
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  3. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    This is just a bit misleading as the decline in Saudi oil production is as much a factor in this as the increase in US production. And while it is certainly welcome and unexpected, this sharp increase in US production (as this article states) is short lived. The new technologies and especially the capitol investment to develop it came from higher oil prices and although fracking allows us to tap heretofore unreachable reserves it is only a short term status. These wells deplete quickly and once the untapped oil reserves are tapped out the price of oil will rise again and domestic production will drop much faster than it rose. That will of course spur more innovation and capitol to be invested in new technologies and new exploration. But you have to wonder just how many rabbits can be pulled from the hat?
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