OPEC was from day one, a cartel. Like all cartels, they made lots of money at first. But over time, everyone under the sun began competing because prices were artificially high and this lead to the inevitable gluts and sudden price collapses. The only tool to fix this for the Saudis and Texans was to generate wars against energy producers and boycotts like the one against Iran. This has now failed utterly. Also, rich bankers cooked up a stupid commodity futures scam called ‘derivatives’ which originally was only for wheat and corn, betting on the weather. Now, it is everywhere and utterly toxic and extremely prone to create price bubbles and collapses. This stupid market always goes rapidly to infinity and infinity is the bane of humans because it always ends with nothing instead of everything.