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How far to fall

12 June 2006 By Edward Hadas

The BP chief doesn t think peak oil production is at hand. So he anticipates an oil price of $40 per barrel. Or even $25 in the long term. But is he right? Possibly, as far as supply and demand are concerned. But politics and inflation could get in the way. The BP chief sees a mediumterm oil price of $40 per barrel. And a possible fall to $25 in the long term. True, the current high price is stimulating supply and constraining demand. But politics will have the last word.

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