What the Trillion-Dollar Oil and Gas Budget Means for You

Total global oil and gas capital expenditures will increase 13.5%, surpassing the $1 trillion mark for the first time ever. This extraordinarily high number can be attributed to a number of factors; for example, more oil and gas finds (242 last year) or soaring operating costs, signifying $100-per-barrel crude prices are here to stay. Check out the video below for more analysis on who is spending more and what an increased marginal cost per barrel of oil means for investors and consumers alike.

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  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2012, at 12:39 AM, 817user wrote:

    Intriguing article, Joel. Would you be able to shed any light on how the effects of global warming are playing into the cost of a barrel of oil? As the ice caps melt I would assume it becomes easier to navigate what were the treacherous iceberged waters of the North Atlantic (RIP: Leo.) As it becomes easier to navigate, it would become easier and less costly to drill there, driving down your marginal cost per barrel. Ergo, consumption would increase as oil becomes a more attractive energy source. The increased burning of fossil fuels would only exacerbate our ecologically problems further increasing the temperature of our ailing planet which would then only further melt the ice caps making drilling even easier and driving down prices further and consumption would continue to increase… I mean, are we literally driving our cars into the extinction of the human race? Thoughts?

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