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March 11, 2011 | Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
The latest surge in oil prices may help the renewable energy industry reach a turning point after years of boom-and-bust cycles long dictated by the rise and fall in gas prices. Solar, wind and biofuel investors and analysts said the latest run-up in prices caused by unrest in Libya and other oil-producing nations could lead to lasting interest in alternate sources of energy. They point to several factors converging at the same time that give the industry such hope. Public awareness and worries about climate change, pollution and dwindling resources are at an all-time high.
April 13, 1986
Now (that oil prices have dropped) we should . . . question the economics of drilling in Pacific Palisades. Oil prices have dropped from over $30 per barrel to less than $12. Royalties to homeowners and the supposed largess to the city would decline accordingly. Is it still worth selling our Palisades environment to the Occidental carpetbaggers? FRANK McGINITY Pacific Palisades
March 7, 2011 | By Ronald D. White and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Reports of intensified fighting in Libya propelled oil past $118 a barrel in Europe and to nearly $107 in the U.S., the highest levels since September 2008, with concern growing that the disruption in Libya's crude-oil production could last longer than initially expected. Another day of rising oil prices meant falling stock prices. In a roller-coaster session, the Dow Jones industrial average on Monday closed down 79.85 points, or 0.7%, to 12,090.03. The Standard & Poor's 500 was off 0.8%, and the Nasdaq composite fell 1.4%.
April 27, 2010 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Doubts about a plan to bail Greece out of its financial mess helped drive oil back under $85 a barrel in trading Monday, analysts said, adding that gasoline prices will probably see their peak for the year by the Memorial Day holiday. For now, pump prices are holding steady, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations, released Monday. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell two-tenths of a penny to $3.088. The California average has varied by just three cents over the last six weeks.
November 10, 2007
Re "Enriching the enemy," editorial, Nov. 3 The Times' editorial fails to mention the falling value of the dollar as a main cause of high oil prices. Oil is bought and sold in U.S. dollars, and producers want to make up their dollar losses by raising oil prices. The dollar's value is a key barometer of the nation's economic and financial health. Under the leadership of President Bush and his congressional enablers, that health cannot be considered good.
November 9, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Oil prices rose more than 5% after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said OPEC may try to bolster prices by cutting output quotas to the lowest level since the Persian Gulf War. OPEC's goal is to defend oil prices, even if that means losing market share, Ali Ibrahim Naimi said at a conference in Morocco, Dow Jones Newswires reported. A crude oil index OPEC watches has dropped 33% since the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks as demand dropped from slowing world economies. Near-term oil futures rose $1.
October 22, 2004 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Occidental Petroleum Corp., riding a gusher of soaring oil prices, said Thursday that net profit rose 70% for the third quarter. The Los Angeles-based company, the fourth-largest oil producer in the U.S., said lower taxes and interest expenses and higher profit from sales of chemicals helped boost earnings. Net income rose to $758 million, or $1.88 a share, from the year-earlier $446 million, or $1.14 a share. Wall Street had expected $1.77 a share, according to Thomson First Call.
January 9, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Bulging inventories and mild weather pushed oil prices Wednesday to their lowest level since Iraq invaded Kuwait, dropping below $18 a barrel. Analysts said prices may hover at that level until the next OPEC meeting Feb. 12. Light, sweet crude oil for delivery in February settled at $17.87 per barrel, down 82 cents, at the New York Mercantile Exchange. Spot-month oil futures have not closed that low since July 11, 1990, when the final price was $17.47 a barrel.
July 3, 1987
Oil prices gained as much as 20 cents a barrel after OPEC President Rilwanu Lukman predicted that demand for the cartel's oil would exceed its new production lid and be stronger than projected. United Arab Emirates Oil Minister Mana Said Otabia said his country, which has been violating its OPEC-assigned output quota, is "fully committed" to the new pact, the OPEC news agency reported. On the European spot market, the Emirates' Dubai Light--a major OPEC crude--climbed 10 cents a barrel to $17.
July 16, 1986
Markets were buoyed by a statement from Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, who urged producers to reach a global agreement on curbing production to stabilize oil prices at higher levels. Britain's benchmark North Sea Brent crude, which hit a record low of $8.75 per barrel Monday, was trading in the $9.30 to $9.40 range. West Texas Intermediate, the best-known U.S. crude, soared more than $1 a barrel to close at $12.11. But many U.S.
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