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May 30, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Crude oil prices dropped below $89 a barrel as the Euro dropped to its lowest levels in nearly two years. Both were pulled down by concerns about the costs of rescuing Spain's fragile banking sector. Light sweet crude futures for July delivery were down $2.45, at $88.31 a barrel during early trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. If it stays at that level, analysts said this would be the lowest close for U.S. oil since Oct. 21, when it closed at $87.40 a barrel. "Oil has dropped into risk averse mode again," said Phil Flynn, an energy analyst with PFGBest Research in Chicago.
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November 13, 2012 | By Ronald D. White and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Step back, Saudi Arabia and Russia. The U.S. will become the world's top producer of oil by 2020, a net exporter of oil around 2030 and nearly self-sufficient in energy by 2035, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. It's a bold set of predictions for a nation that currently imports some 20% of its energy needs. Recently, however, an "energy renaissance" has begun in the U.S., marked by a boost in oil, shale gas and bioenergy production made possible by new technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling, said the report by the Paris agency, which acts as an energy watchdog for industrialized nations.
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October 27, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Gasoline prices slowed their decline in California and jumped by 10 cents nationwide, as oil companies continued to reduce the amount of fuel they are refining. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell by just 0.3 cents to $2.985. It was the sixth straight week of declines in the state, but also the smallest drop since the record high for 2009 was reached Sept. 14. Nationally, prices rose 10 cents to an average of $2.674 a gallon. Oil industry analyst Patrick DeHaan said refineries around the nation have cut way back in an effort to raise prices at a time when they say their profit margins are low. Refiners typically cut back production in the fall, said DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
Crude oil prices dropped below $89 a barrel as the Euro dropped to its lowest levels in nearly two years. Both were pulled down by concerns about the costs of rescuing Spain's fragile banking sector. Light sweet crude futures for July delivery were down $2.45, at $88.31 a barrel during early trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. If it stays at that level, analysts said this would be the lowest close for U.S. oil since Oct. 21, when it closed at $87.40 a barrel. "Oil has dropped into risk averse mode again," said Phil Flynn, an energy analyst with PFGBest Research in Chicago.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Motorists are paying a little less for gasoline in most parts of the country despite the recent increase in oil prices. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell 1.6 cents to $3.031 while the national average declined by 0.9 of a cent to $2.628 a gallon, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations, released Monday. Prices rose only in the Rocky Mountain states, where the average increased half a penny to $2.616 a gallon. Some analysts were sticking to predictions of a slide in prices by sometime in September to $2.75 to $3 a gallon in California and an average of $2.50 to $2.75 a gallon nationally.
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January 29, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Oil prices surged Friday as concerns mounted that anti-government protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen could affect Middle East oil production. If that happens, analysts said, oil prices could quickly rise to $130 a barrel. The protests sent crude oil futures for March delivery up $3.70, or 4.3%, to close at $89.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Analysts said traders were buying up oil in case the anti-government sentiment spreads and disrupts oil output.
BUSINESS
November 13, 2012 | By Ronald D. White and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Step back, Saudi Arabia and Russia. The U.S. will become the world's top producer of oil by 2020, a net exporter of oil around 2030 and nearly self-sufficient in energy by 2035, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. It's a bold set of predictions for a nation that currently imports some 20% of its energy needs. Recently, however, an "energy renaissance" has begun in the U.S., marked by a boost in oil, shale gas and bioenergy production made possible by new technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling, said the report by the Paris agency, which acts as an energy watchdog for industrialized nations.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2008 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Gasoline averaging more than $4 a gallon has arrived in more cities in the U.S. The average price for a gallon of self-serve regular was over the $4-a-gallon mark in 15 metropolitan areas Monday, according to a survey of 100,000 service stations around the country released by AAA. Chicago and Long Island, N.Y., were the new members of the club, and Bridgeport, Conn., headed the list, with the average gallon selling for $4.10. In California, Santa Barbara was No. 1 at $4.061, up from $3.588 a year earlier.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
The biggest repercussions from Hurricane Gustav's brush with the Gulf Coast oil complex played out in energy markets Tuesday instead of at refineries and oil rigs, as reports trickled in that damage to key facilities was mostly minor and oil prices plunged below $110 a barrel in response. Teams of oil industry and government employees fanned out across the region, inspecting shut-down refineries responsible for more than 10% of the nation's gasoline production and boarding helicopters and planes to fly over oil platforms that account for 25% of U.S. oil output.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Buyers shifting their shopping to small, fuel-efficient vehicles because of high gas prices run the danger of making a long-term decision on a short-term price spike and finding themselves driving a car they don't want, some analysts warn. "It is like people who look out the window, see that it is raining and then think it is going to rain for the next four years," said Jack Nerad, an analyst with auto information company Kelley Blue Book. Though most oil watchers believe the cost of petroleum is on an ever-upward curve, the steepness of the climb is likely to be uneven, and it's not clear whether prices will remain high if political turmoil in Arab oil-producing nations recedes.
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March 3, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Buyers shifting their shopping to small, fuel-efficient vehicles because of high gas prices run the danger of making a long-term decision on a short-term price spike and finding themselves driving a car they don't want, some analysts warn. "It is like people who look out the window, see that it is raining and then think it is going to rain for the next four years," said Jack Nerad, an analyst with auto information company Kelley Blue Book. Though most oil watchers believe the cost of petroleum is on an ever-upward curve, the steepness of the climb is likely to be uneven, and it's not clear whether prices will remain high if political turmoil in Arab oil-producing nations recedes.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2011 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Oil prices surged Friday as concerns mounted that anti-government protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen could affect Middle East oil production. If that happens, analysts said, oil prices could quickly rise to $130 a barrel. The protests sent crude oil futures for March delivery up $3.70, or 4.3%, to close at $89.34 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Analysts said traders were buying up oil in case the anti-government sentiment spreads and disrupts oil output.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Gasoline prices slowed their decline in California and jumped by 10 cents nationwide, as oil companies continued to reduce the amount of fuel they are refining. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell by just 0.3 cents to $2.985. It was the sixth straight week of declines in the state, but also the smallest drop since the record high for 2009 was reached Sept. 14. Nationally, prices rose 10 cents to an average of $2.674 a gallon. Oil industry analyst Patrick DeHaan said refineries around the nation have cut way back in an effort to raise prices at a time when they say their profit margins are low. Refiners typically cut back production in the fall, said DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for gasbuddy.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2009 | Ronald D. White
Motorists are paying a little less for gasoline in most parts of the country despite the recent increase in oil prices. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell 1.6 cents to $3.031 while the national average declined by 0.9 of a cent to $2.628 a gallon, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations, released Monday. Prices rose only in the Rocky Mountain states, where the average increased half a penny to $2.616 a gallon. Some analysts were sticking to predictions of a slide in prices by sometime in September to $2.75 to $3 a gallon in California and an average of $2.50 to $2.75 a gallon nationally.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2008 | Elizabeth Douglass and Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writers
The biggest repercussions from Hurricane Gustav's brush with the Gulf Coast oil complex played out in energy markets Tuesday instead of at refineries and oil rigs, as reports trickled in that damage to key facilities was mostly minor and oil prices plunged below $110 a barrel in response. Teams of oil industry and government employees fanned out across the region, inspecting shut-down refineries responsible for more than 10% of the nation's gasoline production and boarding helicopters and planes to fly over oil platforms that account for 25% of U.S. oil output.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2008 | Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Gasoline averaging more than $4 a gallon has arrived in more cities in the U.S. The average price for a gallon of self-serve regular was over the $4-a-gallon mark in 15 metropolitan areas Monday, according to a survey of 100,000 service stations around the country released by AAA. Chicago and Long Island, N.Y., were the new members of the club, and Bridgeport, Conn., headed the list, with the average gallon selling for $4.10. In California, Santa Barbara was No. 1 at $4.061, up from $3.588 a year earlier.
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November 25, 2008 | Ronald D. White, White is a Times staff writer.
Long-awaited relief at the pump continued over the last week with the nation's average retail gasoline price falling below $2 a gallon to its lowest level in 46 months, the Energy Department said Monday. It's also been that long since California's average gasoline price was below $2 a gallon. But the state seemed likely to challenge that old barrier sometime this week.
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March 12, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Times Staff Writer
Some respite. After a day or so in which prices dropped by a negligible amount,  the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline is again on the rise, up 0.9 cents overnight and up 3.4 cents since last week to $3.801. In California, the price rise appeared to be leveling off, but few analysts seemed willing to place a bet on that. Overnight, California's average for a gallon of regular rose 0.1 cent to $4.359. Other states were also feeling the pain, with Illinois last week joining Hawaii, California and Alaska as the only states averaging more than $4 a gallon.
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