OPEC’s current president, Qatar’s energy minister Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, announced Monday that the oil cartel will hold “informal” side meetings at the International Energy Forum in Algeria in late September. Not surprisingly, the topic will once again be “cooperation” among the disparate and increasingly desperate members to restrict production in efforts to force oil prices higher.
Since the crude oil export ban was lifted last December, exports increased seven times previous levels in the first three months of 2016: a lesson in free markets.
Rejoicing by OPEC that its strategy of low prices would force U.S. producers out of the market now appears to be premature.
n a classic case of exercising power for the sake of power, Gina McCarthy, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), admitted that the real reason for EPA regulations is “showing sort of domestic leadership as well as garnering support around the country for the agreement we reached in Paris.”