Macro Dashes: There Is No Oil Shortage

May 19, 2022 10:44 AM ETBP, BPAQF, CRAK, CVX, F, F.PB, GM, MPC, VLO, XLE, XOM368 Comments


  • There is no physical oil shortage, only supply disruptions and market manipulation by OPEC+.
  • Oil will see "panic pumping" coming to multiple nations soon, for fear of stranded assets, driving oil back to $60-80/b in the next year or two.
  • Refining is a different story as there were permanent closures during Covid lockdowns that will never come back.
  • The fossil fuel investment plays are in refining, biofuels, carbon capture and natural gas pipelines - not primarily oil producers.
  • Remember, anything good for fossil fuels, is better for clean energy.
  • This idea was discussed in more depth with members of my private investing community, Margin of Safety Investing. Learn More »

Oil pump with solar panels and the sunset

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There is an idea out there, perpetuated by the breathy, tweety, trader community, that there is a shortage of oil. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Traders like to point at a reduction of

50+ Years Of Oil Reserves

50+ Years Of Proved Oil Reserves (BP)

50+ Year Of Oil Reserves

Global Proved Oil Reserves (BP)

Oil & Gas Discoveries

Oil & Gas Discoveries (Rystad)

Oil Bankruptcies

Oil Bankruptcies Since OPEC Flooded Market With Oil (Haynes & Boone)

OPEC Supply Cuts

OPEC Supply Cuts (Dallas Fed)

Oil Supply & Demand

Oil Supply and Demand (Dallas Fed)

Refining Capacity

U.S. Refinery Capacity (EIA)


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