Do you realize that since President Bush has been in office the price of oil per barrel has risen the highest in history in the course of a
presidential term? It's no coincidence that the President was born in the lavishness of oil and that the largest exporter of oil on the planet holds
hands with the man! Now mind you this information comes directly from the Energy Information Administration. I have not doctored any information other
than what is pointed out in bold.
Please note below this chronology is numbered according to the graph.
1. OPEC begins to assert power; raises tax rate & posted prices
2. OPEC begins nationalization process; raises prices in response to falling US dollar.
3. Negotiations for gradual transfer of ownership of western assets in OPEC countries
4. Oil embargo begins (October 19-20, 1973)
5. OPEC freezes posted prices; US begins mandatory oil allocation
6. Oil embargo ends (March 18, 1974)
7. Saudis increase tax rates and royalties
8. US crude oil entitlements program begins
9. OPEC announces 15% revenue increase effective October 1, 1975
10. Official Saudi Light price held constant for 1976
11. Iranian oil production hits a 27-year low
12. OPEC decides on 14.5% price increase for 1979
13. Iranian revolution; Shah deposed
14. OPEC raises prices 14.5% on April 1, 1979
15. US phased price decontrol begins
16. OPEC raises prices 15%
17. Iran takes hostages; President Carter halts imports from Iran; Iran cancels US contracts; Non-OPEC output hits 17.0 million b/d
18. Saudis raise marker crude price from 19$/bbl to 26$/bbl
19. Windfall Profits Tax enacted
20. Kuwait, Iran, and Libya production cuts drop OPEC oil production to 27 million b/d
21. Saudi Light raised to $28/bbl
22. Saudi Light raised to $34/bbl
23. First major fighting in Iran-Iraq War
24. President Reagan abolishes remaining price and allocation controls
25. Spot prices dominate official OPEC prices
26. US boycotts Libyan crude; OPEC plans 18 million b/d output
27. Syria cuts off Iraqi pipeline
28. Libya initiates discounts; Non-OPEC output reaches 20 million b/d;OPEC output drops to 15 million b/d
29. OPEC cuts prices by $5/bbl and agrees to 17.5 million b/d output
30. Norway, United Kingdom, and Nigeria cut prices
31. OPEC accord cuts Saudi Light price to $28/bbl
32. OPEC output falls to 13.7 million b/d
33. Saudis link to spot price and begin to raise output
34. OPEC output reaches 18 million b/d
35. Wide use of netback pricing
36. Wide use of fixed prices
37. Wide use of formula pricing
38. OPEC/Non-OPEC meeting failure
39. OPEC production accord; Fulmar/Brent production outages in the North Sea
40. Exxon's Valdez tanker spills 11 million gallons of crude oil
41. OPEC raises production ceiling to 19.5 million b/d
42. Iraq invades Kuwait
43. Operation Desert Storm begins; 17.3 million barrels of SPR crude oil sales is awarded
44. Persian Gulf war ends
45. Dissolution of Soviet Union; Last Kuwaiti oil fire is extinguished on November 6, 1991
46. UN sanctions threatened against Libya Libya is OPEC member notice 47
47. Saudi Arabia agrees to support OPEC price increase
48. OPEC production reaches 25.3 million b/d, the highest in over a decade
49. Kuwait boosts production by 560,000 b/d in defiance of OPEC quota
50. Nigerian oil workers' strike
51. Extremely cold weather in the US and Europe
52. U.S. launches cruise missile attacks into southern Iraq following an Iraqi-supported invasion of Kurdish safe haven areas in northern Iraq.
53. Iraq begins exporting oil under United Nations Security Council Resolution 986.
54. Prices rise as Iraq's refusal to allow United Nations weapons inspectors into "sensitive" sites raises tensions in the oil-rich Middle East.
55. OPEC raises its production ceiling by 2.5 million barrels per day to 27.5 million barrels per day. This is the first increase in 4 years.
56. World oil supply increases by 2.25 million barrels per day in 1997, the largest annual increase since 1988.
57. Oil prices continue to plummet as increased production from Iraq coincides with no growth in Asian oil demand due to the Asian economic crisis and
increases in world oil inventories following two unusually warm winters.
58. OPEC pledges additional production cuts for the third time since March 1998. Total pledged cuts amount to about 4.3 million barrels per day. to
raise prices again
59. Oil prices triple between January 1999 and September 2000 due to strong world oil demand, OPEC oil production cutbacks, and other factors,
including weather and low oil stock levels.
60. President Clinton authorizes the release of 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) over 30 days to bolster oil
supplies, particularly heating oil in the Northeast.
61. Oil prices fall due to weak world demand (largely as a result of economic recession in the United States) and OPEC overproduction.
62. Oil prices decline sharply following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, largely on increased fears of a sharper
worldwide economic downturn (and therefore sharply lower oil demand). Prices then increase on oil production cuts by OPEC and non-OPEC at the
beginning of 2002, plus unrest in the Middle East and the possibility of renewed conflict with Iraq. There was no need to cut production at this
63. OPEC oil production cuts, unrest in Venezuela, and rising tension in the Middle East contribute to a significant increase in oil prices between
January and June.
64. A general strike in Venezuela, concern over a possible military conflict in Iraq, and cold winter weather all contribute to a sharp decline in
U.S. oil inventories and cause oil prices to escalate further at the end of the year.Chavez said he would squeeze America's balls at the pump due
to failed coup attempts by the CIA
65. Continued unrest in Venezuela and oil traders' anticipation of imminent military action in Iraq causes prices to rise in January and February,
66. Military action commences in Iraq on March 19, 2003. Iraqi oil fields are not destroyed as had been feared. Prices fall. The hell they
67. OPEC delegates agree to lower the cartel’s output ceiling by 1 million barrels per day, to 23.5 million barrels per day, effective April 2004.
68. OPEC agrees to raise its crude oil production target by 500,000 barrels (2% of current OPEC production) by August 1—in an effort to moderate
high crude oil prices.
69. Hurricane Ivan causes lasting damage to the energy infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico and interrupts oil and natural gas supplies to the United
States. U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham agrees to release 1.7 million barrels of oil in the form of a loan from the Strategic Petroleum
Reserve. this was used as an excuse for high oil prices - the real deal was Venezuela and Saud's were sticking us because of seizing Iraq's
fields, thats also why we got cozy with Libya - they're an OPEC member
The oil tells it like it is.