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Money Morning Mailbag: Relief Wells Near Finish, But Oil Spill Blame Game Continues
While BP PLC (NYSE ADR: BP) closed in this week on finishing relief wells to permanently plug the oil spill, stormy weather threatened to delay the final steps as clean up crews were called in to shore.
BP capped the blown-out Macondo well last week and has been conducting pressure tests to ensure the cap's strength. A relief well is close to completion but work has been halted until the storm passes. All work could be stopped for 10 – 14 days if the area is evacuated.
While the leak may finally be close to plugged, the financial aftermath is far from over. Corporate entities and the U.S. government continue to point fingers at each other.
The BP Relief Wells … And the Two Nightmare Scenarios to Fear
Although the global energy sector is entering its most-promising stretch in decades – with more new technologies and more investment opportunities than ever before – I just can't seem to get away from BP PLC (NYSE ADR: BP) and its problems.
Take last Thursday, for instance. I began the day at FOX Business News, where the interviewer wanted me to explain what will happen if the BP relief wells fail. Then I spent an hour as the guest on a radio talk show from Johannesburg, South Africa, detailing what options are available to BP. Later still, I served as a consultant to a Wall Street investment crew – via conference call – once again on the status of the BP relief wells.
The BP relief wells are right now the dominant topic on everyone's mind. But there are two potential scenarios – of "nightmare proportions" – that investors need to know about.
Let me explain…
The "New" Global Energy Sector: "The Profit Opportunity of Our Lifetime"
Oil prices will reach a record $150 a barrel, sending gasoline prices to $3.80 a gallon. Commercial nuclear power is making a comeback – but in "nuclear batteries," instead of in hulking power plants of the past. New global-warming regulations will turn air-pollution credits into financial assets that can trade like stocks or bonds. And China's zooming growth will turn the global energy sector upside down.
If this sounds like a view of the distant future – the global energy sector's own version of "Future Shock" – think again.
All of these "predictions" are becoming a reality, even as you read this. And while these transformative events will likely make the global energy sector more volatile and confusing than ever, they are also creating the largest wealth-creating opportunities that most investors will ever see, says Dr. Kent Moors, a career energy-sector consultant who works with governments and corporations throughout the world.
The 'New' Energy Sector: Windfall Profits for Investors, Energy Independence for the U.S. Economy
The BP PLC (NYSE ADR: BP) oil spill has been a wakeup call for energy-sector regulators.
But it's been an even bigger wakeup call for investors.
Years from now, investors will look back at this period as a turning point – the start of the greatest profit opportunity of this generation. And that's not all. The post-oil-spill period will go down in history as the period during which the United States was finally able to break its dependence on foreign oil, says Dr. Kent Moors, a career energy-sector consultant who works with governments and corporations throughout the world.
Investors who understand the energy-sector shifts that are taking place "will make more money in energy investments over the next several years than in any other sector during any other period in their lifetimes," says Dr. Moors, who is also the editor of the Oil & Energy Investor newsletter. With the changes he's currently projecting, "a large measure of energy independence for the U.S. becomes possible. And I'm not just talking about a mere economic 'recovery' here. We'd be looking at a standard of living that's 60% higher, an economy expanding at 5% to 7% a year and – most important of all – a future that we could dictate."
Free Report: The New Global Power Broker in Oil
Uganda has found oil, and lots of it. But it lacks the ability to turn crude into needed oil products, like gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and low-sulfur heating oil. Unless it can develop a local way to process the oil coming out of the ground, it must rely upon exporting that production as raw material […]
Louisiana Judge Blocks Offshore Drilling Ban
A federal judge in Louisiana today (Tuesday) blocked a White House moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, MarketWatch reported. The White House said it would appeal the decision immediately, according to reports.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed papers Sunday in a New Orleans federal court petitioning for the six-month deepwater oil drilling ban be lifted in 30 days. The papers said that lifting the ban would avoid "turning an environmental disaster into an economic catastrophe."
Why China's Foxconn Will Hurt the Global Economy More Than the BP Oil Spill
Before this month, chances are pretty good that you'd never even heard of Taiwan's Foxconn International Holdings (PINK ADR: FXCNY). And yet, Foxconn is one of the world's most important manufacturers.
Given that the formerly anonymous giant is now at the forefront of the zooming escalation in labor costs that's currently taking place in Mainland China – and given the enormous implications of the inflationary pressures that will result – chances are excellent that Foxconn will have a bigger effect on the world economy this year than even BP PLC (NYSE ADR: BP).
If that weren't enough, China's decision to let the yuan appreciate against the U.S. dollar will actually magnify this impact: If the Chinese currency strengthens, then the yuan-denominated wage increases will have an even-more-inflationary effect on the cost of China-made goods selling at your local Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT).
Louisiana Supports Companies' Fight Against Oil Drilling Ban to Save Local Economy
The Louisiana government has asked a U.S. judge to lift a six-month deepwater oil drilling ban to prevent the demolishment of local livelihood and the collapse of the oil industry.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Attorney General Buddy Caldwell filed papers Sunday in a New Orleans federal court petitioning for the moratorium to be lifted in 30 days. The papers noted that lifting the ban would avoid "turning an environmental disaster into an economic catastrophe."
The U.S. government requested to delay a hearing until July, but U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ordered regulators and offshore companies to appear in court yesterday (Monday).
"The issues presented are of national significance and to delay resolution would be irresponsible," Feldman wrote on the order denying the government's request.
Feldman heard opening statements Monday and promised to rule on the ban by noon on Wednesday – though he could rule as early as today (Tuesday).
"The court has to decide if there is a rational basis for the choice the government has made," Judge Martin Feldman said during the case's opening statements.
Oil Prices Set to Soar in the Second-Half of 2010
Oil prices hit a wall this spring. But don't be fooled. The spring retreat simply set the stage for a second-half rally. Despite lingering fears over the global economy, demand for oil isn't slowing down at all. In fact, it's rising… and oil prices will rise right along with it. Read this report to find out why oil is poised to take off in the next six months… and how you can profit.
China's CNOOC Will Ramp Up Deepwater Oil Drilling as BP's Oil Spill Kills U.S. Exploration
China's CNOOC. Ltd. (NYSE ADR: CEO) will step up its long-term deepwater oil exploration plans with a close eye on safety measures in the wake of the BP PLC (NYSE ADR: BP) Gulf oil spill that has halted U.S. deepwater drilling. The state-controlled oil company has exclusive rights to develop China's offshore resources and has […]