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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sucking Us Dry

Hmmm...it appears that oil supplies are just fine, our pump woes might be due to speculators ripping us off.

A McClatchy investigation earlier this month showed the extent to which financial institutions now influence the price of oil. Until recently, end users of oil — such as airlines, refineries and other consumer of fuel — accounted for about 70 percent of oil trading as they tried to hedge against price fluctuations.
Today, however, speculators who'll never take possession of a barrel of oil account for that 70 percent of oil futures trading, and the volume of speculative trading has grown fivefold.

Will any elected types run with this? A campaign based on reining in speculators might be a winner.


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