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I was still in the air with my wife, traveling between Dubai and our home in Florida, when some of the world’s most important oil production and processing facilities in Saudi Arabia were attacked by drones.
Only the timing was a surprise; I predicted this attack as recently as May, when I released a vetted-for-public-view version of a classified report on the vulnerability of Saudi oil infrastructure to attack, including the use of short-range missiles from Yemen.
By the time we landed, the massive Saudi Aramco processing facility at Abqaiq and the Khurais oil fields were burning, around 7% of global daily crude production was falling offline, and global crude prices were spiking by double digits.
With the attack, claimed by Houthi rebels out of Yemen, the long-simmering Saudi-Iranian proxy war has reached a new, volatile boil.
Frankly, White House rhetoric notwithstanding, Saudi Arabia’s next steps will largely determine when and where outright war breaks out.
I can say with certainty, however, that U.S. and Saudi government responses to the global oil market have missed the mark.
Here’s what’s really happening…
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Dr. Kent Moors is an internationally recognized expert in oil and natural gas policy, risk assessment, and emerging market economic development. He serves as an advisor to many U.S. governors and foreign governments. Kent details his latest global travels in his free Oil & Energy Investor e-letter. He makes specific investment recommendations in his newsletter, the Energy Advantage. For more active investors, he issues shorter-term trades in his Energy Inner Circle.
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