By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel writer 

Guest Editorial: Supply and demand matters greatly to Alaska


August 17, 2023

Oil and water don’t mix. We learned that in high school. And we learned it again when water got into a heating fuel line.

In Alaska, oil and salmon don’t mix either, unless the oil is brushed on the grill before cooking a fillet. However, oil and salmon are in the same boat — economically speaking in Alaska. They both respond to supply and demand.

When global oil supplies can’t keep up with demand, the price of a barrel of crude climbs higher. A shortage — or even a fear, a hint or speculation of shortage — drives up prices for the commodity.

As Saudi Arabia and others have cut...

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