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Change of face - change of phase
A Future?
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Where is this going? -2
Where is this going?
Is it important?
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The Iran Hoax
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A new beginning
Twist and Turn
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Time for change
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Media Noise Windfall Profit
The Winds of Change
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Reality and Hope
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What goes around, comes around
A throughout, integrated view
Signs of change?
P.P.P. versus Need
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Good signs
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All over again? The difference between perception and reality.
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Two minds
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The long view
Leaping to the future
New signs of hope?
A message of hope?
Some good news anywhere?
A project gone awry?
Traces of light
Driving the markets II
Driving the markets
Meeting reality
Silence for the storm?
The times are changing
The Theatre
Some Questions, no answers
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The good news, the bad and the ugly
A President speaks the truth!
Green masks
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The good news
Driving the oil-price?
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Kenya: a new oil-frontier?
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2007; A year to remember
The good news
A bit of a shock II
Fraud alert - bogus job ads
A bit of a shock
A simple but far-reaching idea
Hype, Realism, Convergence
A touch of globality
Climate change and changing the climate
Refineries, Biofuels and internal demand
Figures, figures & figures
Pipelines, Biofuels & Reserves
Expectation, projections, contradictions.
A box of Pandora?
Changing systems
A dynamical environment
Projections and reality
Changing reality
A different reality II
A different reality
PPP: Prices, poverty and politics
A whirling 2007
The year of shifting balances
One world, two systems?
Oil and development?
The year 2065?
Mixed signals II
Mixed signals
A War on hold?
No Comment
Changing balances
Truth or Deception?
A fresh overview
Bigger picture first
National Interests vs. Shareholders Value
'The Dialogue'
Do we actually need to worry?

Meeting reality


Whilst Wall Street is in shambles, and the Central Asia pipeline projections have met a brick wall of reality, there seems to be an eerie silence around the oil price and the attached global developments.

The projections for demand will need to be reviewed, as we see that demand-destruction in the US is now approaching the 8 – 10 percent on year-basis, demand-growth in China is slowing down and several high-flying mega, and partly megalomaniac, projects in the Middle East are being caught up by the reality of either the banking-crisis or unrealistic reserve and supply expectations.

The oilsands in Canada are in the books for several millions of barrels per day in the coming decades, but have already reached their limit due to the pollution they are causing and most LNG-projects are severely delayed and in no way living up to their promise or projection.

When we add to this the changing balances in the refinery industry that are on its way, due to a large amount of refineries being constructed and planned, but  no incremental supply either expected or possible, the picture becomes opaque.

The oil price is now hovering around the 100 dollar, which seems to be the best balance at the moment between what is needed and what is possible, and whilst the prices at the pump seem not to have realised yet that the fundamentals have changed, the people on the street hope this will happen soon.

The world seems to approach unstable times, and in many ways will need to concentrate on its fundamentals. We can only hope that in general the gap between showed reality and fundamental reality may not be as big as with the banks and trading-houses that recently have met a more fundamental reality. In many cases the banks were working with a self-created bubble that was up to 40 times their fundamental, real, capital. In other words there was only 2,5 % cover in those cases. And although maybe not so far stretched out, we may wonder how things stand in many other branches.

What would happen, to the world, and to the oil price, if we are meeting reality and are forced back to fundamentals? 

If fundamentals are only a few percent of what is now displayed as reality, the world may find itself in a very different place in only a few years time, as we will not only be brought back to fundamentals, but also will start to meet the consequences of our, mainly the West”s, outrageous behaviour, in the form of climate-change, water-shortage and many other “collateral damage”.

Stay real,


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