US Expects Zero Impact on Global Oil Markets From Iran Sanctions – Envoy

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… from Sputnik News, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: We have been waiting to see the US numbers on the oil markets, which they have not said anything about until today, predicting no Iran sanction shortages to push up prices. But it was not long ago that Trump was asking the Saudis and OPEC to increase their output, so a cat-and-mouse game continues.

But with prices at the May figures, that seems like the proof in the pudding, and the sanctions waivers should dampen any supply shortages for now. Notice that Trump claims a million barrels per day higher US production, his midterm election gift to our producers.

Then we have CENTCOM complaining that it does not have enough forces in the Persian Gulf region to prevent Iran from blocking the straits, a fake scare, as Iran had only mentioned that possibility to counter a serious move to block all its oil imports, saying it would respond by blocking everything out of the Gulf.

Iran can quickly put a 1000 mines into the Straits of Hormuz. If anyone took a shot at Iran, they know they could expect a quick retaliation, and we could be off to the races with supply shortage price hikes in a hurry. The world would blame the US and cowboy Trump.

Iran does not want that, as it would hurt Iraq, so we have a game of chicken being played, where only a credible retaliation might keep the lid on things. As I type, lran is conducting its major annual air defense drill, but where the US has no aircraft carrier in the region due to a show of force being put on for China over Taiwan.

Hope no one makes a big mistake; and we might get through this OKJim W. Dean ]

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– First published … November 05, 2018

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States anticipates no adverse impact on global oil markets as a result of the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran that were lifted under a multinational nuclear deal, Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook told reporters on Monday.

“We don’t see any risk to the [global] energy market because the United States has increased its crude oil production,” Hook said. “We’re up by 1.7 million barrels per day. Our exports are up 1 million barrels. Over the next year, US production will increase by 1 million barrels per day or more. The Saudis have increased production. Iraq, Russia, they’ve all increased production.”

READ MORE: Pompeo Reveals Countries Exempt From Iran Oil Sanctions

Hook noted that oil prices today are about equal to prices in May when the Trump administration scrapped US participation in the nuclear deal.


The Special Representative explained that Iran had lost “tens of billions of dollars” in planned international investments during the past six months, due to decisions by more than 100 major companies to sever commercial ties with Tehran.

“We have had more than 20 countries that imported Iranian oil prior to May have now zeroed out their imports because of our sanctions,” the official added.

In May, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, and reimpose its sanctions against Iran that had been lifted under the agreement. The first round of the US restrictions entered into force in August, and a second, more severe round came into effect on Monday.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Jim, I’m wondering about this ”fracking” business that we read about. Is it true that the current US oil exports derives mostly from fracking? I saw a documentary a while ago, where the folks living “upstairs” complained about the drinking water quality that had gone bad. They had a pump outside their house that would produce water from underground aquifers. It used to be pure and fresh, but now i had a bad taste, and they were beginning to feel sick.
    Then, more recently I saw this little movie https://vimeo.com/264732105
    and am wondering if this special extraction method is (still) being practiced today. One should think it would be, because it was shown to be vastly more efficient than the usual method with conventional explosives. Please take a look at the video, and you’ll see what I mean.

    • Fracking in and oil AND gas thing, and the wells do not have a long life, so the monster keeps looking for new places. Congress sold out as usual to give them a pass on what they are doing, so they can say they are in compliance. The real scandal is that the chemicals put down in the holes with the water under high pressure with the aquifer water they use, they don’t have to disclose as “proprietary formula” confidential information, and even is it cancerous the EPA can not do anything as the drillers don’t have to disclose the formula. Payoffs have to take place to get rule changes like that in place.

    • Please take a look at the video. It might show that the “chemicals” they use, are not what people think, but more like “heavy metal” – real heavy metal, that is. Or maybe they don’t. But it certainly is a possibility that one should be aware of.

    • Water once was pristine and a “living” organism. Adding certain heavy metals into the ground will kill the element. When the original life force that maintains the circle of nature in water is destroyed water becomes a carrier of “death” feeding other organic life forms like the God’s of the earth while converting the same living organism there also into “dead matter”. “Zombie walks at Halloween” will make sense as a by product. The income of fracking might be small but the effect on humanity will be immense. Mission accomplished. Fracking is part of the big puzzle to evolve man into the complete wrong direction and is not a coincidence.
      Look up Viktor Schauberger kaho in regards to changing the life cycle of water and the erratic side effects on men and nature.

    • “The upholder of the cycles which sustain all Life is water. In every drop of water dwells a deity whom indeed we all serve. There also dwells Life, the soul of the primal substance – water – whose boundaries and banks are the capillaries that guide it, and in which it circulates. Every pulse beat arising through the interaction of will and resistance is indicative of creative work and urges us to care for those vessels, those primary and most vital structures, in which throbs the product of a dualistic power – Life”
      Viktor Schauberger

  2. Since Trump and his cronies in Congress have moved us away from many environmental controls, at least for the present, we should use this opportunity to move away from oil as the basis of most land transportation systems, cars, trucks, buses and trains. The gasoline engine is an internal combustion engine. It is worthless as an engine without highly refined fuel from oil. The steam engine is an external combustion engine where the combustion to boil water and produce steam takes place outside of the engine itself. Anything which burns can produce steam and run a steam engine. A major effort in this direction is needed to finally ween us away from such a massive dependence on oil and all the wars it has fostered. All the early problems with steam as applied to automobiles were solved decades ago. Even a nuclear submarine has steam turbine engines operated by nuclear fuel. This principle could easily be adapted to automobiles and trains. Let’s move away from such a heavy dependence on oil. Still it will take many years of research to move away from oil based land transportation with modern technology.

    • If we had had a century of research and development of the steam external combustion engine as applied to the automobile, as we have had with the gasoline internal combustion engine, we would have been independent of the vast need for oil long ago and our country and our world would be a different place today. Powerful vested interests have also kept us captive to oil. Remember when all the electric street cars were replaced with buses running on gasoline or diesel? Remember when those fabulous steam locomotives were all scrapped for a “Rube Goldberg” monstrosity where a diesel engine runs an electric generator which in turn runs an electric motor to power the trains? This is what happens when powerful financial interests keep society hamstrung to using oil instead of other better technologies.

    • So right you are. We singlehandedly destroyed hemp. Sowed more cotton, then destroyed that for synthetics, know as polyester. Enter plastics. All chemicals produced with oil. Nothing natural anymore unless it’s imported from Guatemala or Vietnam. Try to buy a wool coat or an upscale cotton mans shirt which used to be the norm.
      When I enter a clothing store I can immediately smell the oil on the clothing. The whole store reeks. Everything good, from top to bottom, has been taken off the market and replaced with total crap.

    • Ships used to run on steam. Remember the expression “Ocean Steamer”?
      https://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibits/current/binding-the-nation/the-expanding-nation/ocean-steamers.html
      But then, about a hundred years ago, they began replacing the steam engines with diesel engines. In particular I recall the Doxford engine being mentioned with great reverence
      http://www.dieselduck.info/historical/01%20diesel%20engine/Doxford/index.htm
      History rarely goes into reverse, though. Man always looks for greater efficiency. But not so for every one. Personally I’d feel much better aboard a ship the way they used to be, of real steel and wood details. If everything has to be so fast, we’ll miss out on lots of things we just don’t see, because we’re moving so fast into a vastly different future.