Re: [OPE-L] Oil Sands

From: Paul Cockshott (wpc@DCS.GLA.AC.UK)
Date: Mon Jan 23 2006 - 09:22:00 EST

glevy@PRATT.EDU wrote:

>-- will the increase in the supply of oil lead to decreasing costs
>     for the elements of constant circulating capital and a
>     higher average rate of profit?  Will the increase in the
>     supply of oil lead to a significant enough reduction in the
>     cost of producing all commodities which are oil derivatives
>     (such as plastics, rubber, and fiberglass) so as to
>     significantly lower the non-labor costs of producing
>     commodities for sale on world markets and perhaps fuel (no
>     pun intended) an international capitalist expansion?
>Any thoughts?
 The reverse. The labour input required to extract oil from shale and
tar sands
is well above that required to pump it from current reservoirs. Hence the
immedidate effect would be to reduce the rate of surplus value and the rate
of profit.

Paul Cockshott
Dept Computing Science
University of Glasgow

0141 330 3125

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