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Shaun BRADLEY: The End Of The (Petro)Dollar: What The Fed Doesn't Want You To Know; antimedia/zerohedge 27.06.2017

Below Shaun BRADLEY surveys the increasingly loss of the Petro-Dollar’s importance and indicates, that the (US-backed) attacks on Qatar are motivated among other reasons by the country’s cautious shift away from the US currency …

Martin Zeis

27.06.2017 —

The End Of The (Petro)Dollar: What The Fed Doesn’t Want You To Know

Authored by Shaun Bradley via

The United States’ ability to maintain its influence over the rest of the world has been slowly diminishing. Since the petrodollar was established in 1971, U.S. currency has monopolized international trade through oil deals with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and continuous military interventions. There is, however, growing opposition to the American standard, and it gained more support recently when several Gulf states suddenly blockaded Qatar, which they accused of funding terrorism.

Despite the mainstream narrative, there are several other reasons why Qatar is in the crosshairs. Over the past two years, it conducted over $86 billion worth of transactions in Chinese yuan and has signed other agreements with China that encourage further economic cooperation. Qatar also shares the world’s largest natural gas field with Iran, giving the two countries significant regional influence to expand their own trade deals.

Meanwhile, uncontrollable debt and political divisions in the United States are clear signs of vulnerability. The Chinese and Russians proactively set up alternative financial systems for countries looking to distance themselves from the Federal Reserve. After the IMF accepted the yuan into its basket of reserve currencies in October of last year, investors and economists finally started to pay attention. The economic power held by the Federal Reserve has been key in financing the American empire, but geopolitical changes are happening fast. The United States’ reputation has been tarnished by decades of undeclared wars, mass surveillance, and catastrophic foreign policy.

One of America’s best remaining assets is its military strength, but it’s useless without a strong economy to fund it. Rival coalitions like the BRICS nations aren’t challenging the established order head on and are instead opting to undermine its financial support. Qatar is just the latest country to take steps to bypass the U.S. dollar. Russia made headlines in 2016 when they started accepting payments in yuan and took over as China’s largest oil partner, stealing a huge market share from Saudi Arabia in the process. Iran also dropped the dollar earlier this year in response to President Trump’s travel ban. As the tide continues to turn against the petrodollar, eventually even our allies will start to question what best serves their own interests.

Many E.U. member states are clashing with the unelected leadership in Brussels over immigration, terrorism, and austerity measures. If no solutions are found and things deteriorate, other countries could potentially follow the U.K.’s lead and vote to leave, as well. It is starting to become obvious that countries in Eastern Europe will look to the East to get the resources their economies need.

China, Russia, and India are all ahead of the curve and started stockpiling gold years ago. They recognize that hard assets will be the measure of true wealth in the near future — not fiat money. The historic hyperinflation that has occurred in these countries solidified the importance of precious metals in their monetary systems. Unfortunately, most Americans are ignorant of the past and will likely embrace more government bailouts and money printing when faced with the next recession. Even Fed officials have admitted that more quantitative easing is likely the only path going forward.

Several renowned investors have warned about this ongoing shift of economic power from West to East, but bureaucrats and central bankers refuse to admit how serious things could get. The impact on the average person could be devastating if they are not properly educated and prepared for the fallout. (…)

geopolitics — F.W. ENGDAHL: OPEC, Russia and the New World Order Emerging; New Eastern Outlook (NEO), Sep 16, 2015
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OPEC, Russia and the New World Order Emerging
By F. William ENGDAHL

By the day it’s becoming clearer that what I have recently been saying in my writings is coming to be. The OPEC oil-producing states of the Middle East, including Iran, through the skillful mediation of Russia, are carefully laying the foundations for a truly new world order. The first step in testing this will be if they collectively succeed in eliminating the threat to Syria of the Islamic State, and prepare the basis for serious, non-manipulated elections there. (…)

In the political, more accurately geo-political sphere, we are now witnessing huge tectonic motion, and destructive it is not. It involves a new attractive force drawing the Middle East OPEC countries, including Saudi Arabia and Iran and other Arab OPEC countries, into what will soon become obvious as a strategic partner-ship with the Russian Federation. It transcends the huge religious divides today between Sunni Wahhabism, Sufi, Shi’ism, Orthodox Christianity.
That tectonic motion will soon cause a political earthquake that well might save the planet from extinction by the endless wars the Pentagon and their string pullers on Wall Street and the military industrial complex and the loveless oligarchs who own them seem to have as their only strategy today.

Russia in OPEC?
In an interview with the London Financial Times, Russia’s most important oilman, Igor Sechin, CEO of the state-owned Rosneft, confirmed rumors that Saudi Arabia’s monarchy is seeking a formal market-share agreement with Russia, even going so far as offering Russia membership in OPEC, to stabilize world oil markets. In the interview, Sechin, considered one of President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies, con-firmed the Saudi offer. The Financial Times (FT) is an influential media owned until this past July by the Pearson Group an asset tied to the Rothschild family who his-torically also dominate Royal Dutch Shell.
The London paper chose to emphasize Sechin’s rejection of the Saudi offer. How-ever, most instructive is to read between the lines of what he said. He told a Singa-pore commodities conference organized by the FT, “It needs to be recognised that Opec’s ‘golden age’ in the oil market has been lost. They fail to observe their own quotas [for Opec oil output]. If quotas had been observed, global oil markets would have been rebalanced by now.”
Sechin well knows the background to the Saudi oil price war and the fact it was triggered by a meeting between US State Department’s John Kerry and the late Sau-di King Abdullah in the desert Kingdom in September 2014, where Kerry reportedly urged the Saudis to crash oil prices. For Kerry the aim was to put unbearable pres-sure on Russia, then hit by US and EU financial sanctions. For the Saudis, it was a golden opportunity to eliminate the biggest disturbing factor in the OPEC domination of world oil markets–the booming production of US unconventional shale oil that had made the USA the world’s largest oil producer in 2014.
Ironically, as Sechin told the FT, the US-Saudi deal and the US financial sanc-tions have backfired on the US strategists. The Russian ruble lost more than 50% of its dollar value by January 2015. Oil prices similarly fell from $103 a barrel in Sep-tember 2014 to less than $50 today. But Russian oil production costs are calculated in rubles, not dollars. So, as Sechin states, the dollar cost of Rosneft oil produc-tion has dropped dramatically today from $5 a barrel before the sanctions to only $3 a barrel, a level similar to that of Arab OPEC producers like Saudi Arabia. Rosneft is not hurting despite sanctions. USA shale oil by contrast is unconventional and vastly more costly. Industry estimates depending on the shale field and the company, put costs of shale in a range of $60-80 a barrel just to break even. The current ongoing shakeout in the US shale industry and prospects of rising US interest rates dictate the demise of shale oil from the US for years if not decades to come as Wall Street lenders and shale company junk bond investors suffer huge losses.

Unknotting the ‘not’ knot (…) — emphasis m.z. —


Ölpreisschock: US-Fracking-Aktivitäten brechen um 40% ein

Ölpreisschock: US-Fracking-Aktivitäten brechen um 40% ein

Der seit Juni anhaltende Ölpreis-Einbruch, der jüngst durch das Nicht-Eingreifen der OPEC verstärkt und manifestiert wurde, hat in den USA bereits zu einem Zurückfahren der Fracking-Aktivitäten geführt. Wie Reuters bezugnehmend auf Drilling Info Inc berichtet, sank die Zahl neuer Bohrungen von 7227 in Oktober auf 4520 im November – ein Rückgang um 40% binnen eines Monats. Zwar sind dabei auch witterungsbedingte Rückgänge enthalten, offensichtlich wird der starke Rückgang aber auch von einer zurückgehenden Investitionsneigung getrieben.

Wie Leser dieser Webseite wissen, ist die Besonderheit von Fracking-Ergebnissen in einer stark veränderten Förderkurve abzulesen. Demnach wird in den ersten Tagen die höchste Fördergeschwindigkeit erzielt, die dann stark absinkt:


Um eine dauerhafte Öl- oder Gasernte zu erzielen, müssen alte Bohrungen darum regelmäßig durch neue Bohrungen ersetzt werden. Passiert dies nicht, würde die Gesamtförderung ähnlich schnell zurückschrumpfen wie die Erntemengen einer einzelnen Bohrung. Da bei wachsendem Gesamtoutput deshalb auch die Zahl der Ersatzbohrungen mitwachsen muss, ergibt sich daraus der “Red-Queen-Effekt”: Die rote Königin erklärt Alice im Wunderland, dass sie dort immer schneller laufen müsse, nur um am gleichen Fleck zu bleiben. Bezogen auf Fracking besagt dieser Effekt: Wächst die Zahl der Bohrungen nicht mehr angemessen, schrumpft die Öl- und Gasernte recht schnell zusammen. (…)

Ölpreisschock: US-Fracking-Aktivitäten brechen um 40% ein