Biden’s ‘Fist-Bump Diplomacy’ With Saudi Prince Becomes Slap In The Face

President Joe Biden speaks outside Independence Hall, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

At a glance

  • President Joe Biden, who traveled to Saudi Arabia in July, said he didn’t go there for oil but added that he and the prince “privately reached an understanding that oil-producing states would agree to increase output at an Aug. 3 meeting.”
  • In August, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced a boost in output — 100,000 barrels per day. The increase, equivalent to 0.1% of global demand, certainly wouldn’t help the U.S., which consumes about 20 million barrels a day.
  • “The increase of 100,000 bpd will be one of the smallest since OPEC quotas were introduced in 1982, OPEC data shows,” Reuters reported at the time.
  • But that was great news compared to what OPEC and the Saudi prince did on Wednesday.
  • While gas prices in the U.S. dropped for 99 days in a row, they’ve risen again in recent weeks. Yet OPEC thinks there’s a glut in the world market for crude oil and announced it would slash oil production by 2 million barrels a day.

 

 

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