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T. Boone Pickens: Oil Could Hit $148 Per Barrel
03 Apr 2012 EDT - CNBC.com
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Tightening oil production worldwide could mean prices hitting $148 per barrel this summer, Texas billionaire investor T. Boone Pickens said Tuesday.

Not even spare capacity from Saudi Arabia would be enough to make up the difference amid increasing sanctions against Iranian oil, Pickens said in an interview on “ The Kudlow Report .”

“It’s tight now. That’s why you have Brent North Sea $126 and you’ve got WTI at $105,” he said. “Global supply is tight. No, I don’t think they can can cover. If they do, they’ll cover it out of storage.”

Brent crude traded at $124.85 and WTI traded at $103.98.

Asked by host Larry Kudlow how much U.S. consumers could see prices rise, Pickens issued a dire proclamation.

“I don’t know how much is up. I think you can very well see the old high — $148,” he said. “I’m not saying WTI — our price here in the United States — will go up to $148. It’s been very stable around $100.”

Pickens said the United States continued to enjoy some of the lowest energy costs in the world.

“We have the cheapest oil by 20 percent, and we have the cheapest natural gas by 80 percent, and we have gasoline at $4, Europe at $9. So, I don’t understand why people are complaining,” he said.

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