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Old 03-12-2017, 11:43 AM   #110 (permalink)
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S.A. budget woes

S.A. sits on some of the "cheapest to extract" oil. But that doesn't help when your oil-dependent national budget is based on estimates of triple digit oil prices:

The current budget predicts a $55-dollar barrel, but reaches a fiscal breakeven at a $98 barrel.


In January, Riyadh suspended the implementation of austerity measures in the first half of 2017 to ease financial burdens on a populace accustomed to heavy food and fuel subsidies. Source
S.A. is caught between an oily rock and a hard place: they want the price of oil to recover to support its finances, but they also want it unstable enough to discourage activity of more expensive production (eg. U.S. fracking & Canadian oil sands).
Latest mods test: 15 mods = 15% MPG improvement: A-B test, 2007 Honda Civic 1.8L, 5-speed
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