US oil price below zero for first time in history

...West Texas Intermediate, the US marker, lost more than 250 per cent on Monday to trade as low as -$40.32 a barrel in a day of chaos in oil markets. Traders capitulated in the face of limited access to storage capacity across the US, including the country’s main delivery point of Cushing, Oklahoma.
The collapse will be a blow to US president Donald Trump ...

#oil #petroleum #wti #commodities


Does this mean they market is finally pricing oil correctly, ie, as a net negative for the planet?

Time to start a business buying oil and injecting it back into the ground!

@natecull Sadly, no. Mostly that futures contracts expiry exceeds available storage / demand / transport capacity. Expect to see extraction rates fall massively. And some bankruptcies / defaults. With ripples of a Tohoku nature.


It does seem naively like "well then just stop making more of your product if nobody's buying it" would be a solution to "help our tanks are full".

But I'm not an oil genius or a finance genius so there are probably technical reasons why they just can't stop and why doing the sensible thing automatically blows up the economy.


@natecull @dredmorbius I believe the extraction tech in wells is not designed to be shut down until the oil stops flowing. No idea about fracking and other extractive tech.

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