Despite OPEC price war and lockdowns, USA remained #1 in oil & gas production in 2020

Guest “USA, USA, USA!” by David Middleton

JULY 19, 2021
United States continued to lead global petroleum and natural gas production in 2020

More petroleum and natural gas was produced in the United States than in any other country during 2020 (a trend that began in 2014), despite year-on-year declines from the record-high production in 2019. U.S. petroleum and natural gas output in 2020 totaled 66.9 quadrillion British thermal units (quads), which was more than both Russia’s 45.5 quads and Saudi Arabia’s 26.5 quads of petroleum and natural gas production.


Energy Information Administration
Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, International Energy Statistics
Note: Petroleum includes crude oil, condensate, and natural gas plant liquids

Time will tell if the Harris-Biden Dominion can reverse this pattern. So far, most of their efforts have been thwarted by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and U.S. District Judge Terry Doughty.

Oil prices have fallen back off of 6-yr highs since OPEC+ reached an agreement to steadily increase production back to pre-shamdemic levels by 2023. Even with today’s sell-off, oil prices have rarely been higher over the past 6 years.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) $/bbl (

And Goldman Sachs remains bullish on their oil price outlook…

Goldman Sachs Raises Oil Price Forecast Following OPEC Deal
By Tsvetana Paraskova – Jul 19, 2021

The agreement which OPEC+ reached on Sunday is modestly bullish for Goldman Sachs’s forecast that Brent will hit $80 per barrel this summer, the investment bank said in a note after the group agreed to start adding 400,000 bpd production each month from August.


Oddly enough, the price roll-back will reduce the hedging losses that have plagued a lot of oil & gas companies this year. And that’s not the only “silver lining” to this “sow’s ear” (intentional mixed metaphor)…

OPEC will boost oil output — but don’t expect lower prices at the pump


The good news is that there will be more oil on the market, which should ease prices, but the arrival of that oil is being phased in between now and the end of next year, so prices probably still will increase. At best they will remain sticky at the current high levels.


The lead story in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, headlined “OPEC, Allies Agree to Boost Oil Output,” reported that “The Biden administration … reached out to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates when those two OPEC members clashed over terms of a deal.” And, please note, the “allies” in this case are led by Russia — which may be OPEC’s ally but surely isn’t ours.

For the White House, even that mention is embarrassing while the domestic emphasis is on the green energy transition away from carbon fuels such as oil and natural gas. The awkward fact is that the world still depends on such fuels and will do so for quite a few years.

A Wall Street Journal analysis on July 13 about record natural gas demand noted also that the hot summer means production of hydroelectricity from dams is down and even “thermal coal hasn’t been as expensive in a decade.” While climate change is a priority, having electricity to light homes, power refrigerators and keep the fans whirling is a more immediate demand for much of the world.


Simon Henderson is the Baker Fellow and director of the Bernstein Program on Gulf and Energy Policy at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Follow him on Twitter @shendersongulf.

The Hill


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July 19, 2021 2:08 pm

My hope is that Biden et al do not screw things up irreparably before the next midterm.

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  David Middleton
July 19, 2021 2:23 pm

 “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f*ck things up.”

— Barack Hussein Obama

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
July 19, 2021 2:28 pm

The only time Obama was right about anything.

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 19, 2021 2:56 pm

Well, he was speaking about his “lived” experiences!

Willem Post
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
July 19, 2021 4:15 pm

Later about his woke experiences

Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 19, 2021 7:09 pm

He also said that under his plan the price of electricity would necessarily skyrocket.

David A
Reply to  Scissor
July 20, 2021 12:11 am

Yep, I should have read further down

David A
Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 20, 2021 12:10 am

… and when he said “ under my policy energy prices will necessarily rise “

Reply to  Pillage Idiot
July 19, 2021 5:21 pm

Mr. Idiot, can you provide a link to the source of that quote?

Reply to  David Middleton
July 19, 2021 6:55 pm

LMAO @ Middleton…. “One Democrat” Hearsay from an unidentified democrat speaking to an unidentified source. . Middleton, you really need to do better than that.

Reply to  David Joseph Turell
July 19, 2021 6:59 pm

Rumor has it that Trump’s mother was an Orangutan.


Reply to  David Middleton
July 19, 2021 8:07 pm

Rumor has it that you’re a trollish retard”

Logging in under multiple aliases, voting for itself and against every truth.

Reply to  David Middleton
July 19, 2021 7:22 pm

You didn’t provide a “source” just hearsay.

Reply to  David Middleton
July 19, 2021 9:52 pm


You may want to remove the images as they reveal email addresses

Reply to  David Middleton
July 20, 2021 5:30 am

Apologies, David

joe belford
Reply to  David Middleton
July 19, 2021 7:40 pm

Middleton trusts Politico?


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Reply to  David Middleton
July 19, 2021 7:18 pm

Yet “sleepy Joe” won the election.

joe belford
Reply to  David Middleton
July 19, 2021 7:37 pm

Trump’s coup failed.

David A
Reply to  David Middleton
July 20, 2021 12:14 am

David, so who sent the army of trolls to populate the up/down votes?

Reply to  David Middleton
July 20, 2021 11:21 am

Actually I don’t think the owner Alan Cheatham would ever stoop that low to attack a skeptical blog, I think the two banned used the URL because they are stupid.

Tombstone Gabby
Reply to  David Middleton
July 20, 2021 8:26 pm

G’Day David,

“IQ test”

A meme I laughed at. AOC walking down the street, “Great news, my IQ test came back negative.”

paul courtney
Reply to  joe belford
July 20, 2021 8:36 am

Biden’s didn’t.

Reply to  Duane
July 19, 2021 7:26 pm

Had the media not been running an unprecedented level of interference in order to protect their candidate, there’s no way joe would have won.
Beyond that, there’s the unprecedented levels of corruption during the election and the counting of the votes.

Reply to  MarkW
July 19, 2021 8:12 pm

Still no way dementia joe won.
His videos are solely viewed by the leftist press.
His speeches are attended by sparse dozens that include press, caterers, democrat leadership and a few delusional rats.

layor nala
Reply to  Duane
July 19, 2021 9:53 pm

No -Trump lost the election!

joe belford
Reply to  David Middleton
July 19, 2021 7:28 pm

Who is the “one democrat” Dave?

joe belford
Reply to  David Middleton
July 19, 2021 8:31 pm

You didn’t answer the question Dave, who is the “one democrat?”

joe belford
Reply to  joe belford
July 19, 2021 8:32 pm

Politico is not a “who”, it is a “what.”

robin townsend
Reply to  David Middleton
July 20, 2021 1:24 am

David, I am on your side, but any newspaper can make up anonymous quotes. sure they look good, but trying to pretend they evidence obama actually said that does not help your cause.

John Endicott
Reply to  robin townsend
July 20, 2021 5:12 am

True, robin, it’s not evidence Obama said that. And if the question was “can you show evidence Obama said that?”, you’d have a point. But that wasn’t the question asked. The actual question asked was “can you provide a link to the source of that quote?”. David correctly answered the question asked by providing a link to the politico article (the source) that the quote came from.

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D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  robin townsend
July 20, 2021 5:56 am

Robin, I don’t recall any denials by Obama concerning these reports.

John Endicott
Reply to  joe belford
July 20, 2021 5:20 am

joe, you’d need to ask Politico that question. David is merely providing the source of the quote (Politico) that the bot asked for.

Rich Davis
July 19, 2021 2:12 pm

Countdown to Bats Belford comments 3, 2, 1 …

July 19, 2021 2:40 pm

AGAIN, avoiding actual business realities like the plague. I have found one US E&P that has had a statistically significant increase in market cap since the mid teens. Pioneer. Now, there MIGHT be others, but I can find 5 down, for every one you find up.

And feel free to checkout the oilfield servicers as well. Anyone who has actually made money on a rig floor knows that as they are the canaries in the coal mines w.r.t. the oil business.

Reply to  bigoilbob
July 19, 2021 2:47 pm

Almost forgot. Some valuable advice from someone who’s been there. Aks your current/former employer to reprice any options you have yet to cash in. In the past, one of my employers did this when the stock price turned – er – unfortunate. If you’re still on the books, and if they say ok, you’re still useful to them. If not, visa versa, and time to hang out your “consulting” shingle and post on WUWT as much as you have recently.

Reply to  bigoilbob
July 19, 2021 2:58 pm

You read as a bitter person 🤔

Rich Davis
Reply to  Derg
July 19, 2021 5:33 pm

I’d say rancid. Would make you sick if you swallowed that crap.

paul courtney
Reply to  bigoilbob
July 19, 2021 4:46 pm

Mr. bobo: Another self reply? May be time to hang out your “Space Available- Rent Free to Dave Middleton” shingle on your forehead, and comment at WUWT as much as you have recently.

Reply to  paul courtney
July 19, 2021 8:15 pm

Did you mean bigobobo?

paul courtney
Reply to  ATheoK
July 20, 2021 8:39 am

Mr. K: I heard it in my head as “bob-o”, but bobo works too.
Will look for his return, but I may have gutted him.

John Endicott
Reply to  paul courtney
July 20, 2021 8:50 am

Mr C: b.o.bob works as well

Rud Istvan
Reply to  bigoilbob
July 19, 2021 3:08 pm

BOB, Don’t confuse actual oil production cited by DM with E&P market caps. The latter were formerly vastly distorted by stuff like ‘use it or lose it’ land leases back in the hayday before McClendon (Chesapeake) crashed and burned, literally. I made a lot of money shorting E&Ps since then. Only regret was not also shorting GE back when Immelt wanted to imitate Schlumberger. Now making cautious money on the long side again—a Joedementia play, at heart: cancel Trump methane dereg, cancel KXL, cancel Fed O&G land leases…up goes oil price, up go E&P share prices off their long bottom you noted.

Steve Case
July 19, 2021 3:01 pm

United States continued to lead global petroleum and natural gas production in 2020

The the hard left wing of the Democrat party (most of them) probably doesn’t like that.

At least that’s what the Duck Test says.

Rud Istvan
Reply to  Steve Case
July 19, 2021 3:34 pm

The hard left wing is going to get a major wing feathers trim in 2022. They will not be able to fly at all thereafter. (A reference to my Patricia’s former Monk Parrot, Carly, whose wing feathers we had to keep trimmed just so that she could flutter to a soft landing off her perch, but not fly.) Almost Worst day of our life together was riding bikes with the parrot perched on Patricia’s shoulder past Birch State Park (on the beach in Fort Lauderdale a mile south of us), when all of a sudden Carly realized our bike speed meant she could ‘fly’ without flapping, took off, and landed in the densely sea grape wooded park. Took us three hours and bird treats to find and rescue her.

Reply to  Rud Istvan
July 19, 2021 4:55 pm

The thing is, Rud, that the HARD LEFTIST politicians almost all come from safe far left house districts. Most will still be with us and due to the leftist MSM will be front and center in the media driving the media agenda.

Look at CNN, etc. They continue to call TRUMP! a dictator while OBiden, Shumer and Pelosi attempt to force through a radical agenda with NO mandate from the 2020 election.

But although I am hopeful for the 2022 election, I do not think the GOP has the balls to do with a slim majority what the Democrat party does EVERY TIME they have any minimal margin. Still too many bought and paid for Chamber of Commerce RINOs.

John Garrett
July 19, 2021 4:03 pm

The Henry Hub natural gas spot price rose today.

Natural gas storage levels remain below the five-year average.

“If something can’t go on forever— ….it won’t.”
-Herb Stein

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John Garrett
July 19, 2021 4:17 pm

Henry Hub natural gas spot price (1994- )

(EIA) Working gas in underground storage, Lower 48 states
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July 19, 2021 7:16 pm

Predicting oil and gas prices more than a few weeks into the future is a fools errand.

How many experts predicted that prices would double this year after COVID knocked the hell out of energy demand last year? And how many of those same experts predicted that a pandemic would occur last year and crater world wide energy demand?

The answers to both questions is the same – very near zero.

Stuff happens. Oil and gas are basic commodities that are entirely subject to world events and of course the law of supply and demand. Generally the world wants more hydrocarbon energy year after year, but in many years stuff happens, and demand swings wildly from one extreme to the other.

July 19, 2021 7:44 pm

There’s a lot of good things to be said about increasing production while continuing to reduce emissions. One not so good may be that an increased supply will make market manipulation and over-taxation more imperative for those “enemies, both foreign and domestic.”

Reply to  David Middleton
July 20, 2021 4:58 pm

With the domestic enemies obviously in foreign pay, and foreign self-declared enemies blatantly and deeply embedded in domestic affairs the distinction often seems blurred. Happily, in the text and intent of the oath, both sorts are included using a logical AND, so there is no inherent conflict in the clause.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  dk_
July 20, 2021 8:54 am

There’s a lot of good things to be said about increasing production while continuing to reduce emissions.

Fixed it for you.

There is no benefit to “reducing emissions.” Our emissions don’t cause anything “bad” to happen, that’s pure propaganda.

Reply to  AGW is Not Science
July 20, 2021 4:52 pm

So, AGW, your position is that continuing proof that the propaganda is false is not a benefit?

Do you also assume that CO2 is the only emission from the production, combustion and industrial use of all fossil fuels?

Perhaps you also assume that sycophants and pedants shouldn’t at least be considered to possibly be in the enemy camp?

Joe Bastardi
July 19, 2021 7:49 pm

Trump did not leave office till 2021. Lets see where we are next year at this time. That would be news if we were still on top

July 20, 2021 5:37 am

Reliable energy roars back from Covid-
Pandemic recovery to push emissions to all-time high – IEA (
while the pollies face Mother Hubbards Cupboard from their Covid largesse-
Transport minister hints electric car grant will be scrapped entirely (

July 20, 2021 6:53 am

Came for the energy sector review, stayed for the troll stomping! America will continue to be the energy leader only till Faux Joe Xiden can screw it all up, and he is trying. Trolls infesting comments proves America is leading still.

Bruce Cobb
July 20, 2021 10:06 am

Fos sil fuels, Fos sil fuels, FOS SIL FUELS!

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