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In the process of creating Image:Oil Prices 1861 2007.svg, I realized what an incredible wealth of information is available on the Energy Information Administration's web site. The 1861–2007 graph uses yearly averages, and I couldn't think of a really satisfying way to incorporate the price jumps of the past couple of months. Anyway, I think it's alright for a graph of 150 years of history to wait until the year's end to incorporate its data.

Instead, I've created this graph, which uses all available monthly average Brent spot prices from this EIA spreadsheet and the United States Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), seasonally adjusted, from here (This is a direct link; but there may be a better one). The monthly numbers and limited date range give good detail, and coverage up to April 2008 shows the recent price jumps. It will be about a month before I can add May 2008, because it takes a little while for the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile the CPI for the previous month..

I have no artistic talent whatsoever, so I know the color choices aren't great, but I have no eye for this stuff. I liked the blue and orange used by the 1861–2007 but I didn't want to use the same ones over again. I just chose a pair of RGB complementary colors. I am not married to this scheme; I'm happy to discuss alternatives. It's easy for me to make changes.

I will probably make more graphs from EIA data in the future. It's getting easier to work with SVG, though I know I still have a lot to learn.

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current01:05, 19 December 2014Thumbnail for version as of 01:05, 19 December 20141,080 × 514 (13 KB)KopiersperreUpdate to November 2014
19:03, 24 March 2013Thumbnail for version as of 19:03, 24 March 20131,020 × 514 (13 KB)NigeljUpdate to Feb 2013
23:00, 19 June 2012Thumbnail for version as of 23:00, 19 June 2012970 × 514 (12 KB)NigeljFix error
22:42, 19 June 2012Thumbnail for version as of 22:42, 19 June 2012970 × 514 (12 KB)NigeljUpdate to May 2012
17:41, 3 January 2012Thumbnail for version as of 17:41, 3 January 2012970 × 514 (12 KB)NigeljAdd data to November 2011, and adjust all past 'real' prices to November 2011 dollars.
19:17, 18 May 2011Thumbnail for version as of 19:17, 18 May 2011930 × 514 (12 KB)NigeljFix y-axis label size
19:13, 18 May 2011Thumbnail for version as of 19:13, 18 May 2011930 × 514 (12 KB)NigeljOne more try
19:05, 18 May 2011Thumbnail for version as of 19:05, 18 May 2011930 × 514 (17 KB)NigeljReverted to version as of 20:53, 4 February 2011. Well I've had enough of this. If someone else knows how to make a valid SVG file render here, they may try.
19:03, 18 May 2011Thumbnail for version as of 19:03, 18 May 2011930 × 514 (12 KB)NigeljI don't know what's wrong with the crap SVG renderer here, and I'm starting to get fed up with trying to find out. All three of these files uploaded today are valid SVG and all three render perfectly in Firefox, Chrome, in Eye of Gnome and on a Linux desk
18:34, 18 May 2011Thumbnail for version as of 18:34, 18 May 2011930 × 514 (13 KB)NigeljWhat caused that mis-render? It renders fine here, and i checked it was valid SVG... Was it whitespace that I adjusted?!
18:31, 18 May 2011Thumbnail for version as of 18:31, 18 May 2011930 × 514 (13 KB)NigeljAdd data to April 2011, and adjust all past 'real' prices to April 2011 dollars. I have a spreadsheet that greatly simplifies this recalculation. Contact me here or preferably on my en.wikipedia Talk page if you want a copy.
20:53, 4 February 2011Thumbnail for version as of 20:53, 4 February 2011930 × 514 (17 KB)NigeljAfter all that, there was still a typo in the legend
20:49, 4 February 2011Thumbnail for version as of 20:49, 4 February 2011930 × 514 (17 KB)NigeljTry again to get the wikimedia parser to read the file's built-in CSS correctly
20:43, 4 February 2011Thumbnail for version as of 20:43, 4 February 2011848 × 514 (27 KB)NigeljReverted to version as of 16:38, 15 April 2009 - Lots of valid CSS not recognised!
20:41, 4 February 2011Thumbnail for version as of 20:41, 4 February 2011930 × 514 (17 KB)NigeljUpdate and re-calculate to December 2011, in December 2011 dollars. CPI-U figures from ftp://ftp.bls.gov/pub/special.requests/cpi/cpiai.txt
16:38, 15 April 2009Thumbnail for version as of 16:38, 15 April 2009848 × 514 (27 KB)TomTheHandOh! Hey! Look! I did it wrong! What a surprise! ;-) This was a difference between Firefox's parser and Wikimedia's, though, so I don't feel as bad for missing it.
16:36, 15 April 2009Thumbnail for version as of 16:36, 15 April 2009848 × 504 (27 KB)TomTheHandSorry about the repeated uploads, but if I'm going to mess with the image size, I'm going to do it right :-P
16:30, 15 April 2009Thumbnail for version as of 16:30, 15 April 2009845 × 565 (27 KB)TomTheHandWhoops, previous upload was slightly cropped.
16:28, 15 April 2009Thumbnail for version as of 16:28, 15 April 2009840 × 565 (27 KB)TomTheHandUpdated to March 2009.
14:00, 1 December 2008Thumbnail for version as of 14:00, 1 December 2008840 × 565 (27 KB)TomTheHandUpdated to October 2008.
00:26, 22 September 2008Thumbnail for version as of 00:26, 22 September 2008840 × 565 (27 KB)TomTheHandUpdated to August 2008.
21:56, 17 June 2008Thumbnail for version as of 21:56, 17 June 2008840 × 505 (29 KB)TomTheHandUpdated to May 2008
01:55, 23 May 2008Thumbnail for version as of 01:55, 23 May 2008840 × 480 (29 KB)TomTheHand{{Information |Description=In the process of creating Image:Oil Prices 1861 2007.svg, I realized what an incredible wealth of information is available on the Energy Information Administration's web site. The 1

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