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Pickens Predicts Oil to Top $100 by End of 2010

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Wednesday, Jan 7, 2008

Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens said Tuesday that oil prices will rise above $100 a barrel by the end of 2010 as the global economy recovers.

Oil prices in the $40 a barrel range are “not going to be around much longer,” Pickens told a gathering at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston.

Oil prices have tumbled from over $147 a barrel in July to about $48 a barrel Tuesday as demand in the United States and other developed countries slows due to the global economic

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By late 2010, Pickens sees a rebound in oil demand sparked by a global recovery, pushing prices higher.

If the U.S. continues to rely on imported oil for 70 percent or more of its supply, prices could reach $200-$300 per barrel in another decade, Pickens said.

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As an investor, Pickens said he remains “on the sidelines,” with just 10 percent of his BP Capital hedge fund invested in energy. The fund lost $2 billion last year before shifting to cash as energy prices and stocks declined.

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