Larry Summers Says Sense Of Saudi-Russian Collaboration 'Can't Be Happy One For Americans'

Zinger Key Points
  • Lawrence Summers said OPEC action increases the risks with respect to inflation and recession.
  • The former Treasury Secretary also said a recession is possible in the next year or 18 months.
  • Summers also stressed on the need to reduce America's energy dependence on unstable and problematic regions.

Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers expressed his concerns in October 2022 over the decision of OPEC+ after the alliance reduced its output by 2 million barrels per day, a decision that has not gone well with the Biden administration.

“This is not good news from OPEC. It increases the risks with respect to inflation and recession. The sense that Saudi Arabia is in collaboration of some kind with Russia, can't be a happy one for Americans,” Summers tweeted about his interaction on CNN.

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On Dependence: Summers, the President Emeritus at Harvard, also stressed the importance of reducing dependence on unstable and problematic parts of the world for America’s energy needs.

“The way we have to think about this is not managing w a fire drill every time we have an oil price problem but reducing our fundamental dependence on unstable & problematic parts of the world for our energy," he said, adding that this means Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) permitting bill needed to move quickly.

Price Action: Oil prices rose following the OPEC+ decision to trim output in late 2022. The United States Brent Oil Fund BNO gained over 10% in five days, while the Vanguard Energy Index Fund ETF VDE rose over 14% in the same period.

The alliance’s decision led to the "NOPEC" bill gaining momentum in the United States. If the bill were to be passed by both chambers of Congress and signed by President Joe Biden, it would change U.S. antitrust law to revoke the sovereign immunity that has so far protected OPEC+ members and their national oil companies from lawsuits, reported Reuters.

On Recession: Summers also said a recession is possible in the next year or 18 months. "That is the consequence of the excesses that the economy has been through. Historical experience suggests that the kind of inflation we have rarely returns to normal levels, the target levels of around 2% without some kind of recession,” Summers said on CNN.

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Originally published on Oct. 7, 2022.

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