Oil makes the world go round, and there’s no sign of that changing any time soon. Petroleum remains in high demand, as it is an efficient way to generate both BTUs (British Thermal Units, a measure of energy) and kilowatt hours. Petroleum also has a multitude of uses in industry, as it can be used as a lubricant and is a key component in the creation of plastics.
Natural gas, for its part, is a popular source of heating and cooking energy. It can also be converted into diesel fuel and electricity, and is essential in the creation of chemical fertilizers.
While crude oil prices and gasoline prices are relatively high compared to historic norms, when adjusted for inflation, natural gas prices are currently near a 10-year low, as of early 2012. This creates a natural possible buying point if demand for natural gas should increase or if supply should fall resulting in a price increase.
" U.S. production of crude oil, along with liquids separated from natural gas, surpassed all other countries this year with daily output exceeding 11 million barrels in the first quarter, the bank said in a report today. The country became the world’s largest natural gas producer in 2010. The International Energy Agency said in June that the U.S. was the biggest producer of oil and natural gas liquids".- Eddy Aruda, California