Oil-producing nations will cut investment in response to lessening demand
7 June 2007

Greater use of plant-based biofuels will push oil prices "through the roof," according to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec).In a report in the Financial Times, Abdalla El-Badri, the secretary general of Opec, said that it was contemplating reducing its investment in new oil production in response to greater use of biofuels.Western nations want to increase use of biofuels for several reasons. Not only are they potentially more environmentally friendly, but they can also be produced 'at home', without the need for importing. This means there is greater security of supply.But as biofuel use increases, there is a lessening demand for oil, giving Opec little incentive to invest in production.Over the next 20-30 years, that could lead to dramatically increased oil prices.

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