Petroleum, or more correctly the industrial use thereof, is 150 years old today.
In the “more dire predictions” category, Jim Juback from MSN (moneycentral.msn.com) thinks oil will continue its price rise. He sites geology and geopolitics. I often read his columns and they are quite good on the whole.
He omitted what I believe to be the major cause of this, and other, inflation. Government central banks producing huge quantities of fiat currency.