Why gas is expensive
A news blurb from The Economist's "Business this week" on the merger of oil and gas drilling companies Transocean and GlobalSantaFe contained this tidbit:
The rents for oil rigs have been rising fast thanks to the scramble for deepwater oil reserves; some are leased out for as much as $500,000 a day.
Incredible. If oil is $70 a barrel, then an oil rig like this would need to extract more than 7,000 barrels a day just to pay this rent charge. And with rent charges like this, it's no wonder oil and gas cost so much.