“You can never have an agreement whereby everybody cuts crude oil production. We can’t trust all OPEC countries. And we can’t trust the non-OPEC countries. So it’s not on the table because the others will cheat. The past has proven that. When Saudi Arabia cut production in the ’80s and ’90s, everybody cheated and took market share from us. Plus, remember there is an agenda here also. Although Saudi Arabia and OPEC countries did not engineer the reduction in the price of oil, there’s a positive side effect, whereby at a certain price, we will see how many shale oil production companies run out of business. So although we are caught off guard by this, we are capitalizing on this matter whereby we’ll live with $50 per barrel temporarily, to see how much new supply there will be, because this will render many new projects economically unfeasible.” 

          — Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, Saudi billionaire businessman