Europe's Energy Costs See Biggest Two Month Jump Ever

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Between a weaker EUR and Middle-East tensions, Europe faces a very significant (and real) drag on its economic performance. Forget the 'grow our way out of it' or 'believe-me' memes, the crude reality (that we warned about last week) is that the cost of buying spot Brent Crude in Euros is very close to record highs, above 2008 highs and most worryingly, has seen the biggest rise on record in the last two months. For those wondering what the trade-off is to Mario Monti's pointless blustering and scorched-earth hostage tactics at the June 29 Summit, just look at the 'Total' line item, the next time you gas up.


Spot Brent crude priced in Euros - record two-month rise (lower pane) and very near-record high overall...


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Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:54 | 2710816 Enslavethechild...
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Do any of you actually believe that we still have any petroleum reserves left?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:48 | 2711019 smiler03
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So how long do you think we can keep the lights on for?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:54 | 2711043 Flakmeister
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Considering that a very small fraction of electricity is generated with oil in NA, I would say quite a while....

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:55 | 2710818 camaro68ss
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oil? All i need is a shovel and i can dig it out of the ground for $10. hahaha


Olde but goode

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 13:31 | 2711166 SRSrocco
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Well, it looks like AVAILABLE NET OIL EXPORTS peaked in 2005... and we just go downhill from here.  Even though overall global liquid production may be at a current peak, net exports only decline further from here.

According to Jeffrey Brown, calculating a mere 1% annual decline rate in global oil production until 2020, AVAILABLE NET OIL EXPORTS (minus China & India) decline from 35mbd in 2010 to 16-17 mbd by 2020.  It doesn't get more SOBERING than that.


I am currently doing research on the fuel (diesel) consumption of the top 8 gold miners, and let me tell you.... the overall trend is a DOUBLE IN DIESEL CONSUMPTION PER GALLON PER OUNCE OF GOLD in the past 6 years:

For example:

BARRICK 2005 gallons of diesel per oz of gold = 15.4 gallons / oz

BARRICK 2012 gallons of diesel per oz of gold = 29.0 gallons / oz

Most of the other top gold miners have either doubled or increased their diesel consumption significantly per oz of gold production in the past 6 years.


Thu, 08/16/2012 - 13:57 | 2711307 midtowng
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But the price of gold has more than doubled since 2005 as well.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:34 | 2710707 101 years and c...
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europeeons are broker and broker, courteous of your friendly, local madman....errrr, central liar.  central printer.  central fuck.  central pig.  central douchebag. you pick.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:35 | 2710714 Bastiat009
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Politicians (when they're not on vacation which makes problems go away by the way) and pundits love to explain that a weak currency makes people rich ... well, except when you have to pay for things.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:35 | 2710715 bnbdnb
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Bye bye temporary GDP recovery.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:36 | 2710718 NEOSERF
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Luckily most citizens in Europe can walk from one side of their country to the other in 4 hours...

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:38 | 2710739 CrashisOptimistic
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True, but they can't carry food for millions on their backs.

Trucks feed cities, and they burn oil.

Until they can't get enough to burn.  Then the cities aren't fed.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:28 | 2710948 css1971
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Trains, trams, canals.

Then there are new technologies like UltraPRT starting to appear.

Most European cities are pre-automobile. Which becomes blindingly obvious when you try to drive through one.


Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:41 | 2710747 bank guy in Brussels
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And seriously, cars here are more 'toys', with our superb and quite cheap public transport

In Belgium it is extremely inexpensive to have monthly or yearly free passes where you ride all means of public transport in the region for free, without limit

We have long had what Americans see as $8 or $10 per gallon gasoline ... using litres and euros here of course ... but this is decades-old policy to keep cities livable, discourage suburban sprawl and incentivise use of public transport

And it works very well, even supporting democracy ... people live together in cities and towns and can get together to demonstrate and riot on short notice

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:56 | 2710817 Precious
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STFU - you NATO occupied troll.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:06 | 2710846 Ghordius
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either he is a troll - then junk and ignore - or you have a point to make, in which case I'm waiting, my precioussssssss... <need a fight, need a fight>

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:13 | 2710872 Precious
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Tell me why you would get it, Ghordius Van Damme? 

Brussels Guy and you probably work out at the same Eurofag gym in matching bike tights.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:16 | 2710900 Ghordius
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LOL, that made my day, thanks - I was thinking more about a fight here, perhaps about urban sprawl or something

I find Brussels extremely boring and dull, you could not hold me there. And I agree, Brussels Guy has a "feminine touch" when he talks about his city... harharhar

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:22 | 2710917 Precious
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If the dude gets any more full of himself, he won't fit through the bank door.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:23 | 2710929 Ghordius
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Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:55 | 2710752 Abraxas
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Well, that'll change soon, when all of Europe becomes one country, under one leadership and one currency. Ein Volk, Ein Reich und Ein Fuhrer! Sieg Heil! (a wave of epileptic convulsions going through the rabid masses)

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:58 | 2710832 Ghordius
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and your evidence for this trend is...? do you have a timeline?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:01 | 2710844 Abraxas
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Me? No man, I have no evidence. I'm just messin' around. What the hell do I know.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:05 | 2710865 Ghordius
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you mean I know nuffin', gov'nor? there was an English joke about that...

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:37 | 2710725 AG BCN
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Yup, just drove past a Repsol garage 20 minutes ago and was surprised to see Diesel at Euro 1.50/litre 

In early 2007 it was 1.00/litre. 

Spain is in deeeep caca.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:38 | 2710726 AG BCN
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Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:37 | 2710727 scatterbrains
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See if they would only print faster they could get out ahead of these little blibs in energy prices before anyone even notices.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:39 | 2710733 Pretorian
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They will ban Oil SHORT selling if they dont like it . Oh no they will ban all LONG





Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:38 | 2710735 DavidC
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Is this why stocks are up today? I don't understand...


Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:40 | 2710745 CrashisOptimistic
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Stocks are up because the world hasn't caught up to realizing that there is no longer a market.

Just ignore it.  Buy farmland.  It's the only thing that will still have value in 5-10 yrs.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:42 | 2710757 tahoebumsmith
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Austerity+Inflation=<GDP> They might just as well start handing out the pills because the pain has only just begun...

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:43 | 2710760 Jack Burton
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Energy hits Europeans harder now than it once did, they adopted a love affair with the automobile and have not looked back for decades.

The UK for example was paved over in great leaps, as was Sweden. People used to rely on public transport, now as many as possible drive instead.

Fill up your car in the UK or Sweden, Ouch! But at least the drive distances are shorter than in the USA. ANd cars tend to get good milage. In Sweden I drove a little VW and yes it was expensive to fill, but once full I drove for weeks before another fill up!

Just filled my RAV4 here in the USA, it was pretty steep expense and my driving distances here are pretty long. 25 miles to a decent store, the same for Doc and dentists.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:43 | 2710762 diogeneslaertius
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Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:04 | 2710857 Abraxas
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Neoconservativism, neo liberalism, neofashism, neocommunism ... just different names for the same thing.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:44 | 2710763 LawsofPhysics
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Redundant, all fiats are losing value.  What is oil priced in gold, bitchez.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:44 | 2710765 diogeneslaertius
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the new world order is the old world order


kleptocratic plutocracy, now with borg velociraptors drones, and extra liquidity!

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:45 | 2710773 -1Delta
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and the energy value of corn.... talk about a tight spot when USDA estimating sub mandated levels of ethanol usage with ethanol at discount to RBOB...


Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:51 | 2710801 Hype Alert
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Money printing will get you inflation.  Success!   The people should be happy.  It was all done to save them you know.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 11:56 | 2710822 orangegeek
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WTI Oil is retracing - has some upside around $98 per barrel. Wave 3 down will likely follow.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:01 | 2710849 ekm
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Finally. Thx ZH.

The only thing that actually matters is the crude oil price.

Crude oil price higher, economy goes shit

Crude oil price lower, economy rebounds.


Why is this so difficult to understand?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:14 | 2710893 Flakmeister
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When people believe crap like that there is a trillion barrels of oil off limits in the US, it is amazing what they can come up with when trying to rationalize things....

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:02 | 2710856 etresoi
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There is plenty of oil available in Iran and the sanctions hurt the European economies more than they hurt the Iranian.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:25 | 2710889 Flakmeister
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Hey. I thought the (pick one)

a) Saudis

b) Iraqis

c) Little Green Men on Titan

d) All of the above

was going to replace those Iranian exports?


Thu, 08/16/2012 - 12:40 | 2710987 ekm
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There's two kinds of demand:

1) Consumption

2) Storage


Everybody knows number 1 has been going lower and lower, hence number 2 remains until everybody's storage is full and they have to unload. No different from 2008-2009.

Iran's ground storage is full and offshore storage is half full based on what I read recently.

China is storing and storing and storing.

Cushing is almost spilling over.

The time will come, guaranteed.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 13:00 | 2711061 Flakmeister
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Here is Cushing

And is the total stocks excluding the SPR

Cushing is about 4%.....

Ummm.....  Do you want to rephrase what you said?

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 13:05 | 2711070 ekm
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Ok, there's more space. I am at work and can't focus on the charts you linked.

How long can they continue like this?

(I did NOT down you, below).

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 13:09 | 2711097 Flakmeister
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Would you like me to post links to the OECD stocks as well?

Your claim about 2008 is dead wrong....

How long can they continue what exactly??


(PS I don;t give a flying fuck about up or down arrows...)

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 13:21 | 2711117 ekm
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Ah ok. OECD data!

This is like data from China or from BLS. Random data generator. Even Cushing data is just by WH order.

How can there be drops in storage when the demand is lower?

A private crude oil trader can store at Cushing maintaing ownership of the crude oil. Only when the ownership is transferred, is the data reported as increase of crude storage.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 13:22 | 2711139 Flakmeister
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Umm... do you know where the OECD data comes from?

Hey, if Cushing is just what the WH says it is, why didn't W. step in duing '08???

You can have drops in storage if supply drops greater than demand...

Or did you think that oil production can only increase????

Did you also know that the amount of crude on the market is down ~10% since 2005? 

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 13:26 | 2711154 ekm
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Oh I see where is the disagreement.

I believe no data, none whatsoever. Data is out there in order to mislead to lure suckers.

I always check that data with feedback from other sources on the internet.

But again, if your investing is based on that data, it's your choice.

Thu, 08/16/2012 - 13:30 | 2711175 ekm
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Ok. Thx for the debate. Very enjoyable.

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