High Oil Price = Faster Economic Decline For America

Most Americans have no idea how important oil prices are to the overall health of the U.S. economy.  Whenever oil prices have pressed toward record levels in recent decades, it has always resulted in an economic downturn.  A high oil price does not just mean that consumers will have to pay a little more at the pump.  The truth is that oil is the very lifeblood of our economic system.  We have built our entire country around the concept that we can transport lots of stuff very long distances for a very, very cheap price.  When that paradigm beings to change, it fundamentally alters the dynamics of the U.S. economy.  A high oil price will mean an even faster economic decline for America.  The cost of oil factors into everything.  A high oil price means that transportation of products and services costs more, travel costs more and energy costs more.  It means that consumers will have less disposable income.  When the price of oil goes up it benefits the big oil producers and a few others, but for everyone else it is very painful.  But perhaps even more importantly, because the U.S. has to import such massive quantities of oil, whenever the price of oil goes up it means that we are becoming poorer as a nation because even more of our money flows out of the country and into the hands of the oil barons. (Read More...)

9 Signs That The Price Of Oil In 2011 Will Soar Well Beyond 100 Dollars A Barrel

Will we see the price of oil rise significantly in 2011?  Unfortunately, that appears to be precisely where we are headed.  Despite stubbornly high unemployment and a very sluggish economy in the United States, the price of oil continues to creep upward.  Part of it can be attributed to the fact that the U.S. dollar and other major currencies are continuing to lose value relative to all commodities, and part of it can be attributed to the continuing rise in the global demand for oil.  But those factors alone do not explain what we are seeing.  Expectations are a very powerful thing, especially for financial markets, and right now there is an overwhelming consensus that oil prices are going to rise in 2011.  The big oil companies, the big oil exporting nations and the big investment banks are nearly all in agreement that a higher price for oil is coming and the speculators smell money and are starting to jump on to the bandwagon. (Read More...)

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