1973 oil crisis

The s oil glut was a serious surplus of crude oil caused by falling demand following the s energy crisis. The world price of oil, which had peaked in at over US$35 per barrel (equivalent to $ per barrel in dollars, when adjusted for inflation), fell in from $27 to below $10 ($60 to $22 in .

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The s oil glut was a serious surplus of crude oil caused by falling demand following the s energy crisis. The world price of oil, which had peaked in at over US$35 per barrel (equivalent to $ per barrel in dollars, when adjusted for inflation), fell in from $27 to below $10 ($60 to $22 in .

In the United States, scholars argue that there already existed a negotiated settlement based on equality between both parties prior to Further, interest groups and government agencies more worried about energy were no match for Kissinger's dominance. The embargo had a negative influence on the US economy by causing immediate demands to address the threats to U.

Macroeconomic problems consisted of both inflationary and deflationary impacts. OPEC-member states raised the prospect of nationalization of oil company holdings. As other OPEC nations followed suit, the cartel's income soared. Saudi Arabia undertook a series of ambitious five-year development plans. Other cartel members also undertook major economic development programs.

US retail price gas prices rose from a national average of State governments requested citizens not to put up Christmas lights. Oregon banned Christmas and commercial lighting altogether. The embargo was not uniform across Europe. Of the nine members of the European Economic Community EEC , the Netherlands faced a complete embargo, the UK and France received almost uninterrupted supplies having refused to allow America to use their airfields and embargoed arms and supplies to both the Arabs and the Israelis , while the other six faced partial cutbacks.

His successor, Ted Heath , reversed this policy in , calling for Israel to withdraw to its pre borders. The EEC was unable to achieve a common policy during the first month of the War. It issued a statement on November 6, after the embargo and price rises had begun. It was widely viewed as pro-Arab supporting the Franco-British line on the war. The price rises had a much greater impact in Europe than the embargo. Despite being relatively unaffected by the embargo, the UK nonetheless faced an oil crisis of its own—a series of strikes by coal miners and railroad workers over the winter of —74 became a major factor in the change of government.

Sweden rationed gasoline and heating oil. The Netherlands imposed prison sentences for those who used more than their ration of electricity. A few months later, the crisis eased.

The embargo was lifted in March after negotiations at the Washington Oil Summit, but the effects lingered throughout the s. The dollar price of energy increased again the following year, amid the weakening competitive position of the dollar in world markets. Price controls exacerbated the crisis in the US.

The system limited the price of "old oil" that which had already been discovered while allowing newly discovered oil to be sold at a higher price to encourage investment. Predictably, old oil was withdrawn from the market, creating greater scarcity.

The rule also discouraged development of alternative energies. Motorists faced long lines at gas stations beginning in summer and increasing by summer In , Nixon named William E. Simon as the first Administrator of the Federal Energy Office, a short-term organization created to coordinate the response to the embargo. Odd—even rationing allowed vehicles with license plates having an odd number as the last digit or a vanity license plate to buy gas only on odd-numbered days of the month, while others could buy only on even-numbered days.

Rationing led to violent incidents, when truck drivers chose to strike for two days in December over the limited supplies Simon had allocated for their industry. In Pennsylvania and Ohio , non-striking truckers were shot at by striking truckers, and in Arkansas , trucks of non-strikers were attacked with bombs. America had controlled the price of natural gas since the s. With the inflation of the s, the price was too low to encourage the search for new reserves. The price controls were not changed despite president Gerald Ford 's repeated requests to Congress.

Development of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve began in , and in the cabinet-level Department of Energy was created, followed by the National Energy Act of Year-round daylight saving time was implemented from January 6, , to October 27, , with a break between October 27, and February 23, , when the country observed standard time. The move spawned significant criticism because it forced many children to travel to school before sunrise.

The prior rules were restored in The crisis prompted a call to conserve energy, most notably a campaign by the Advertising Council using the tagline "Don't Be Fuelish". By , domestic luxury cars with a inch 3. A higher percentage of cars offered more efficient 4-cylinder engines.

Domestic auto makers also began offering more fuel efficient diesel powered passenger cars as well. Although not regulated by the new legislation, auto racing groups voluntarily began conserving.

In , Congress created the Weatherization Assistance Program to help low-income homeowners and renters reduce their demand for heating and cooling through better insulation. The energy crisis led to greater interest in renewable energy, nuclear power and domestic fossil fuels. He wrote that instead of providing stable rules that support basic research while leaving plenty of scope for entrepreneurship and innovation, congresses and presidents have repeatedly backed policies which promise solutions that are politically expedient, but whose prospects are doubtful.

Israel was one of the few countries unaffected by the embargo, since it could extract sufficient oil from the Sinai. The crisis was a major factor in shifting Japan's economy away from oil-intensive industries. Investment shifted to industries such as electronics. Japanese auto makers also benefited from the crisis. Increased fuel costs allowed their small, fuel-efficient models to gain market share from the "gas-guzzling" American competition.

This triggered a drop in American auto sales that lasted into the s. Western central banks decided to sharply cut interest rates to encourage growth, deciding that inflation was a secondary concern. Although this was the orthodox macroeconomic prescription at the time, the resulting stagflation surprised economists and central bankers.

The policy is now considered by some to have deepened and lengthened the adverse effects of the embargo. Recent research claims that in the period after the economy became more resilient to energy price increases.

The price shock created large current account deficits in oil-importing economies. A petrodollar recycling mechanism was created, through which OPEC surplus funds were channeled through the capital markets to the West to finance the current account deficits.

The functioning of this mechanism required the relaxation of capital controls in oil-importing economies. It marked the beginning of an exponential growth of Western capital markets. Many in the public remain suspicious of oil companies, believing they profiteered, or even colluded with OPEC. The crisis had a major impact on international relations and created a rift within NATO.

Some European nations and Japan sought to disassociate themselves from United States foreign policy in the Middle East to avoid being targeted by the boycott. Arab oil producers linked any future policy changes to peace between the belligerents. To address this, the Nixon Administration began multilateral negotiations with the combatants. The promise of a negotiated settlement between Israel and Syria was enough to convince Arab oil producers to lift the embargo in March America's Cold War policies suffered a major blow from the embargo.

They had focused on China and the Soviet Union, but the latent challenge to US hegemony coming from the third world became evident. In , declassified documents revealed that the U. Although no explicit plan was mentioned, a conversation between U. Although the Soviet response to such an act would likely not involve force, intelligence warned "the American occupation would need to last 10 years as the West developed alternative energy sources, and would result in the 'total alienation' of the Arabs and much of the rest of the Third World.

Western Europe began switching from pro-Israel to more pro-Arab policies. The percentage of U. With the embargo in place, many developed countries altered their policies regarding the Arab-Israeli conflict.

These included the UK, which refused to allow the United States to use British bases and Cyprus to airlift resupplies to Israel along with the rest of the members of the European Community. Canada shifted towards a more pro-Arab position after displeasure was expressed towards Canada's mostly neutral position.

Although lacking historical connections to the Middle East, Japan was the country most dependent on Arab oil. On November 7, , the Saudi and Kuwaiti governments declared Japan a "nonfriendly" country to encourage it to change its noninvolvement policy. On November 22, Japan issued a statement "asserting that Israel should withdraw from all of the territories, advocating Palestinian self-determination, and threatening to reconsider its policy toward Israel if Israel refused to accept these preconditions".

The oil embargo was announced roughly one month after a right-wing military coup in Chile led by General Augusto Pinochet toppled socialist president Salvador Allende on September 11, The response of the Nixon administration was to propose doubling arms sales. As a consequence, an opposing Latin American bloc was organized and financed in part by Venezuelan oil revenues, which quadrupled between and A year after the start of the embargo, the UN's nonaligned bloc passed a resolution demanding the creation of a " New International Economic Order " under which nations within the global South would receive a greater share of benefits derived from the exploitation of southern resources and greater control over their self-development.

Prior to the embargo, the geo-political competition between the Soviet Union and the United States, in combination with low oil prices that hindered the necessity and feasibility of alternative energy sources, presented the Arab States with financial security, moderate economic growth, and disproportionate international bargaining power.

Vacillations in alignment often resulted in greater support from the respective superpowers. Concerns over economic domination from increased Soviet oil production turned into fears of military aggression after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan , turning the Persian Gulf states towards the US for security guarantees against Soviet military action. The USSR's invasion of Afghanistan was only one sign of insecurity in the region, also marked by increased American weapons sales, technology, and outright military presence.

Saudi Arabia and Iran became increasingly dependent on American security assurances to manage both external and internal threats, including increased military competition between them over increased oil revenues. Both states were competing for preeminence in the Persian Gulf and using increased revenues to fund expanded militaries.

By , Saudi arms purchases from the US exceeded five times Israel's. In the wake of the Iranian Revolution the Saudis were forced to deal with the prospect of internal destabilization via the radicalism of Islamism , a reality which would quickly be revealed in the Grand Mosque seizure in Mecca by Wahhabi extremists during November , and a Shiite Muslim revolt in the oil rich Al-Hasa region of Saudi Arabia in December of the same year, which was known as the Qatif Uprising.

The oil crisis sent a signal to the auto industry globally, which changed many aspects of production and usage for decades to come. After World War II, most West European countries taxed motor fuel to limit imports, and as a result most cars made in Europe were smaller and more economical than their American counterparts. By the late s increasing incomes supported rising car sizes.

The oil crisis pushed West European car buyers away from larger, less economical cars. Buyers looking for larger cars were increasingly drawn to medium-sized hatchbacks. Virtually unknown in Europe in , by the end of the decade they were gradually replacing saloons as the mainstay of this sector. Between and , medium-sized hatchbacks were launched across Europe: These cars were considerably more economical than the traditional saloons they were replacing, and attracted buyers who traditionally bought larger vehicles.

Before the energy crisis, large, heavy, and powerful cars were popular. By , the standard engine in a Chevrolet Caprice was a cubic inch 6. The wheelbase of this car was In the fifteen years prior to the oil crisis, gasoline prices in the U. The crisis reduced the demand for large cars. Japanese imports became mass-market leaders with unibody construction and front-wheel drive, which became de facto standards. American Motors sold its homegrown Gremlin , Hornet and Pacer models. A decade after the oil crisis, Honda, Toyota and Nissan, affected by the voluntary export restraints , opened US assembly plants and established their luxury divisions Acura, Lexus and Infiniti, respectively to distinguish themselves from their mass-market brands.

Mitsubishi rebranded its Forte as the Dodge D a few years after the oil crisis. An increase in imported cars into North America forced General Motors, Ford and Chrysler to introduce smaller and fuel-efficient models for domestic sales. By , the average American vehicle moved The only full-size models that did not recover were lower price models such as the Chevrolet Bel Air and Ford Galaxie Economical imports succeeded alongside heavy, expensive vehicles.

OPEC soon lost its preeminent position, and in , its production was surpassed by that of other countries. Additionally, its own member nations were divided. Saudi Arabia, trying to recover market share, increased production, pushing prices down, shrinking or eliminating profits for high-cost producers. Adjusted for inflation, oil briefly fell back to pre levels. This "sale" price was a windfall for oil-importing nations, both developing and developed. The embargo encouraged new venues for energy exploration including Alaska , the North Sea , the Caspian Sea , and the Caucasus.

Cooperation changed into a far more adversarial relationship as the USSR increased its production. By the Soviet Union had become the world's largest producer.

Part of the decline in prices and economic and geopolitical power of OPEC came from the move to alternative energy sources. OPEC had relied on price inelasticity [85] to maintain high consumption, but had underestimated the extent to which conservation and other sources of supply would eventually reduce demand.

Electricity generation from nuclear power and natural gas , home heating from natural gas, and ethanol -blended gasoline all reduced the demand for oil. The drop in prices presented a serious problem for oil-exporting countries in northern Europe and the Persian Gulf. Heavily populated, impoverished countries, whose economies were largely dependent on oil—including Mexico , Nigeria , Algeria , and Libya —did not prepare for a market reversal that left them in sometimes desperate situations.

When reduced demand and increased production glutted the world market in the mids, oil prices plummeted and the cartel lost its unity. Mexico a non-member , Nigeria, and Venezuela , whose economies had expanded in the s, faced near-bankruptcy, and even Saudi Arabian economic power was significantly weakened.

The divisions within OPEC made concerted action more difficult. As of [update] , OPEC had never approached its earlier dominance. Graph of oil prices from —, showing a sharp increase in and again during the energy crisis.

The orange line is adjusted for inflation. Die erst drei Jahre alte Peelsche Bankakte musste dabei zeitweise suspendiert werden. Die Wirtschaftskrise von war die erste Weltwirtschaftskrise. Von dort breitete sich die Krise schnell über die gesamte Welt aus.

Die Finanzzentren Europas und Amerikas waren besonders stark betroffen. Im Anschluss an die Boomjahre der Gründerzeit kam es zum sogenannten Gründerkrach , in dessen Folge allein in Deutschland und Österreich über 60 Banken insolvent wurden. Diese Krise wurde tendenziell durch Überhitzung der Volkswirtschaft verursacht und war somit lediglich eine Korrektur der vorangegangenen hohen Wachstumsraten.

Firmen und Fabriken waren zu überhöhten Preisen übernommen und gebildet worden. Die Krise traf zeitlich mit einer US-amerikanischen Wirtschaftskrise zusammen und führte in allen hochentwickelten Ländern zu einer langen Stagnation. Nicholas Gregory Mankiw behauptet in seinem Standardwerk Grundzüge der Volkswirtschaftslehre , die damalige Wirtschaftskrise sei erst durch die Goldfunde am Klondike beendet worden. Denn es gab damals den Goldstandard.

Weltwirtschaftskrise Great Depression bis in die späten er-Jahre: Als Weltwirtschaftskrise bezeichnet man einen einsetzenden schweren volkswirtschaftlichen Einbruch, der in allen wichtigen Industrienationen massive negative Folgen hatte u. Unternehmenszusammenbrüche, Massenarbeitslosigkeit und Deflation , da Goldstandard und Stabilitätspolitik Austerität [7] verlangten.

Von der ersten Ölkrise waren alle wichtigen Industrienationen betroffen. In Deutschland markierte sie das Ende des Wirtschaftswunders. In der Folge traten bis dato weitgehend unbekannte Erscheinungen auf, etwa Kurzarbeit , Arbeitslosigkeit und steigende Sozialausgaben. Zweite Ölkrise bis Ausgelöst wurde sie im Wesentlichen durch Förderungsausfälle und Verunsicherung während des ersten Golfkriegs zwischen Iran und Irak.

Ebenso ist die zweite Ölkrise als der finale Auslöser der Schuldenkrise einer Reihe von Entwicklungsländern zu sehen. Diese mussten in mehreren Umschuldungsabkommen teilweise bis Mitte der er auf politischer Ebene verhandeln, um ihre wirtschaftspolitische Souveränität wiederzuerlangen. Aus finnischer und schwedischer Sicht sollte dem Krisenmanagement und insbesondere der Sanierung der notleidenden Aktiva in den Bankbilanzen Priorität eingeräumt werden.

Als Japankrise wird eine schwere Wirtschaftskrise, die nach dem Platzen einer Immobilienpreis -Blase Anfang der er auftrat und die wirtschaftliche Situation des Landes fast 15 Jahre lang prägte, bezeichnet.

Der starke Rückgang der Vermögenspreise führte zu einer gefühlten Verarmung der Bevölkerung, welche zu einer starken Konsum- wie Investitionszurückhaltung beitrug. Unternehmerische Fehler, Überkapazitäten und Ineffizienzen verstärkten den Effekt. Die Folge waren ein Anstieg der Arbeitslosigkeit, die weltweit höchste Staatsverschuldung für den japanischen Staat und eine immer noch andauernde Deflation. Asienkrise bis Sie begann im Juli in Thailand und griff auf mehrere asiatische Staaten über, insbesondere auf viele der so genannten Tigerstaaten.

Die am stärksten betroffenen Länder waren Indonesien , Südkorea und Thailand. Durch Herdenverhalten kam es infolge erster Krisensymptome zu einem massiven Kapitalabzug aus den Ländern, der dort eine mehrjährige Wirtschafts- und Finanzkrise auslöste. Zusammenbruch der Dotcom-Blase ab Im März kam es in vielen Industrieländern zum Platzen einer Spekulationsblase, die insbesondere die so genannten Dotcom -Unternehmen betraf.

Ähnlich wie bei der Japankrise kam es zu einem gefühlten Vermögensrückgang und dadurch bedingt zu einer Kaufzurückhaltung, die zu rezessiven Tendenzen in den Ländern führte. Die Krise wurde wesentlich durch fallende Immobilienpreise in den USA ausgelöst, die sich nach einer langen Preissteigerungsphase zu einer Immobilienblase entwickelt hatten.

Gleichzeitig konnten immer mehr Kreditnehmer ihre Kreditraten nicht mehr bedienen, teils aufgrund des wieder ab Mitte steigenden Leitzinses [9] und kontinuierlich steigender Kreditzinsen, teils infolge sinkender Einkommen. Da per Weiterverkauf der Kredite Verbriefung diese in aller Welt verstreut waren, weitete sich die Krise international aus. Seit Ende sind weite Teile der Weltwirtschaft von der Krise betroffen.

In den Vereinigten Staaten wird der anhaltend stärkste Wirtschaftsrückgang seit dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs gemeldet. In der Politik kann eine wirtschaftliche Krise unter günstigen Umständen den notwendigen Reformdruck erzeugen, um die die Krise verursachenden bzw. Insbesondere ärmere Bevölkerungsschichten sind mehrheitlich die Verlierer und leiden am schwersten unter den wirtschaftlichen Folgen der Krise.

Der dramatische und anhaltende Anstieg der Arbeitslosigkeit [13] bedeutet für viele Dauerarbeitslosigkeit und einen sozialen Abstieg.