OIL: Billion-Barrel Question

Two powerful visitors from the world of oil are due at the White House this week: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Fahd and his Harvard-educated Oil Minister, Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani. The two Saudis may be able to help answer a multibillion-barrel question that has been troubling Western countries for months: Will the price of oil go up again, further threatening the still fragile recovery from recession, or will fuel costs level off for a while?

So far, no one seems to know. The confusion stems in large part from a schism among the 13 members of the Organization of Petroleum...

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