The Prices of USD, Oil, and U.S. Fiscal and Monetary Policies

Oil is priced in U.S. Dollar (USD or US$); therefore, the oil price becomes strongly linked to fluctuations to the strengths and weaknesses of the USD. The USD is the world’s dominant reserves currency, and changes to its exchange rate are closely linked to the monetary policies of the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed inContinue reading “The Prices of USD, Oil, and U.S. Fiscal and Monetary Policies”

Oil, Interest Rates and Debt

At first glance it is hard to see how oil, interest rates and debt are connected. Two of them are human constructs while oil (fossil sunlight), a gift from Mother Nature, took tens of millions of years to process. Oil is an endowment extracted from a confined underground stock and is now the most denseContinue reading “Oil, Interest Rates and Debt”

The Powers of Fossil Fuels

In this post I present a brief perspective spanning two centuries of the history of energy and mainly fossil fuels (FFs) consumption. Then a brief look at the recent years growth in solar and wind (renewables) and how their growth measures up against FFs since 1990. In the early 1800s biomass (primarily wood) were humans’ primaryContinue reading “The Powers of Fossil Fuels”