Guru of the Oil Industry

The price of oil continues floating well over $100 per barrel as civil war rages in Libya. But as Andrew Schneider notes — the violence is doing little to disrupt global supply.

ENI Oil platform Bouri DP4 in Violence in Libya has already prompted several oil companies to pull their people out of the country for safety reasons. It’s left Southern Europe scrambling for alternative supplies, and sent gasoline prices across the U.S. soaring.

“Outside of Libya, it’s business as normal in the world oil industry.”

That’s Daniel Yergin, head of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates and a guru of the oil industry.

He’s in Houston this week hosting the group’s thirtieth annual conference.

“Part of the reason the oil market is responding the way it is is because it’s generalizing as though the Middle East is all one country and all one social system, when it’s a whole host of different countries with different sized populations, different economic systems, and different social structures. After a while, the market will start to see it as a number of different countries, rather than sort of thinking of it all as one terrain.”

Developments in Libya may not provide a guide for events elsewhere in the region, any more than the Tunisian or Egyptian revolutions did for Libya.


Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media’s business reporter, covering the oil...

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