Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 08:15PM
By Marin Katusa, Senior Energy Strategist, Casey’s Energy Report
The biggest economic shift of our time is under way.
Cheap and easy oil is gone for good. And given our addiction to low-cost oil, the results are about to put the squeeze on your pocket book.
Increasing prices will have a huge effect on every aspect of your life, from the price of your food, to how much you'll pay at the gas pump, to the cost of heating and cooling your home.
Nearly everything in our lives revolves around oil.
While demand for oil continues to grow, we are now coming to the realization that like all other resources, oil is finite and output is now in terminal decline.
This has the oil industry stuck on a treadmill, running faster just to stand still.
The Globe and Mail reports, "conventional oil supply (the type of low-cost fuel you can afford to burn) has not grown since 2005, and may never grow again."
The U.S. Department of Energy has concluded that 2009 will be the last year that oil production will keep up with consumption. And if the government is making this admission, it's safe to say the situation is far more urgent.
On top of this, as the standard of living for people in developing and emerging countries increases, so does their consumption of oil. A recent article in Reuters said that over 1.3 million vehicles were sold in China during the month of September alone, up 77.8% from the same time last year.
Trading bicycles for brand new oil-burning cars is a trend that is quickly gaining momentum.
And so, the question becomes: if demand is already outstripping supply, where will we find the oil needed to satisfy the billions of new consumers just coming online... protect our own lifestyle... and avoid a dangerous global tug-of-war over this dwindling precious resource?
As dire as this situation sounds, the truth is, we're not running out of oil. Far from it in fact. What we are running out of is the supply of cheap, conventional oil we've grown accustomed to. And for investors, this has opened a whole new window of opportunity.
The solution for tomorrow's growing demand will be solved by the industry's other oil play — namely Canada's massive oil-sand deposits.
The promising outlook for the Canadian oil sands is two-fold:
1.the easy oil is not so easy anymore
2.the cost of oil sands production has decreased because of the improvements in technology
And as for why I like Canada (and particularly Alberta) over other sources of oil sands, the answer is simple. Canada has the best upside for oil sands in the world, with ready-available infrastructure and a stable political system. Venezuela and Russia lack important criteria, infrastructure and political stability.
The chart above from Statistics Canada tells an interesting tale. In 2008, investment in Alberta's oil sands reached a record high of $19.2 billion, a 14% increase over 2007, even after oil prices fell below $34 per barrel. Now that prices are close to $80, development and research will only increase in this proven and reliable resource.
Another noteworthy plus for Canada is a change in the accounting principles, providing the majors with a more favorable financial uptick from the oil sands reserves. Within the next few years, this should offer a tremendous upside for the majors, providing excellent growth potential.
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All the best.
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