Hey, man…he obviously has a car. Hey look, it’s complicated. You’d fully understand it. I’m going to give you a brief answer and remembering that famous admonition of Samuel Clemens. He said all generalizations are false, including this one. But I’m going to give you as quick and as straight as I can:
Number one, number one, the international, to use a fancy word, exigencies of the oil market are amazing. For example every time there’s talk about war with Iran, a major oil producer, because Iran says if there is war, they will take out the Saudi oil fields, and the Bahraini oil fields, they will attack them, every investor, the big guys who make these judgments about the futures, it’s called the futures market, who say well look… we’ve got a hedge a boom happening, so we’ve got to assume that oil may go to, it’s not high, artificially high at over $100 dollars a barrel. It could go to $200 a barrel, and so…and all that what it does, it drives up the price of oil in anticipation there is enough supply. And so what’s going on now are two things that no president, Democrat or Republican, can control. One is called the Arab Spring. You all know about that. What happened in Libya, what happened in Tunisia, what happened in Egypt. What happened in Bahrain is happening now, etc. Now they are the oil, some of the biggest oil producers in the world. So when the war in Libya occurred, Libya was a producer of a significant amount of oil. When the rebels attacked, and the world supported them, that oil came to a screeching halt. So that was a lot less oil on the international market.
I’m treating this answer like I would if I were answering on Meet the Press.
I hope I’m not offending anybody by just going straight to it, but here’s the deal, oil is what they call fungible. That means that it has a world price. The price for oil in Saudi Arabia, and a price for oil in Canada and a price for oil in Latin America, it’s all one price, because you can go anywhere and pick it up. So it’s all the same price. Now what’s happened is that as this discontents occur, no one knows where that Arab Spring is going to go....
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Mark Steyn was so in stitches listening to this explanation that he was barely able to respond to Hugh Hewitt.