US Oil Production Surpasses Saudi Arabia

By Marc Chandler, Global Head of Currency Strategy, Brown Brothers Harriman

This Great Graphic comes from Mark Perry’s Carp Diem blog, which I saw on the American Enterprise Institute website. It shows that last November, the US oil production surpassed Saudi Arabia for the first time in almost a decade.

Perry notes that the Energy Information Administration says that last year the Saudi Arabia’s was the largest producer and export of petroleum and other liquids. at 11.6 mln barrels per day. It estimated US output at 11 mln barrels per day., putting it in second place for the year.

Of course there is much fluctuation on a month to month basis and but this coupled with what we noted earlier (record US petroleum exports in December) is a sign of things to come. The financial crisis may or may not be a game changer in terms of of the global political economy, the cheap energy story in the US is a game changer and the full ramifications are still being contemplated.

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Marc Chandler

Marc Chandler

Marc Chandler has been covering the global capital markets in one fashion or another for nearly 25 years, working at economic consulting firms and global investment banks. Chandler attended North Central College for undergraduate. He holds masters degrees from Northern Illinois University and University of Pittsburgh in American History and International Political Economy. Currently Chandler teaches at New York University Center for Global Affairss, where he is an associate professor.

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