I run a transnational oil company that sells gasoline, diversified oil products, and natural gas in the US, Europe, and Japan. First, let me give you some background on how energy works internationally, then I'll get to the business questions I want you to help me answer.
MOREnergy produces oil from wells in Texas and Alaska, but about 60% of our supply comes from our own oil wells in Asia. We also buy oil from OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), the international oil cartel controlling 37% of world oil production.
Lately MOREnergy has raised gasoline and home heating oil prices because:
Because economies around the world are growing rapidly and becoming more efficient, I believe that in the long run Globalization will benefit almost everyone.
In China some 200 million people have moved from abject poverty to a decent standard of living in the last 15 years – a remarkable achievement.
In 1960, the average wage if developing countries was only 10% of that in the US, but by 1992 it had risen to 30% of the US average. A recent study by The World Bank indicates that it is not just the wealthy who are getting wealthier with globalization. Poor people and middle class people are beginning to share in the growth and profits.
The declining cost of transport is turning the world into one market for even small firms and poor countries.
Corrupt regimes in developing countries are being pushed to open theirmarkets and with them their political processes.
Capital to create jobs now moves around the world much more easily.
With globalization, demand for cleaner, better energy rises because:
are now clearly linked to the burning of fossil fuels -- coal, oil, and natural gas (gas less harmful as it produces only about 1/3 theCO2 that oil burning does). Oil producers now see they must begin to change because of the pressures from environmental scientists and lobbyists, lawsuits resulting from damage caused by oil leaking from tanks at stations, difficulty in finding new oil deposits, and competitors going into the alternative energy --all suggesting that MOREnegy seriously evaluate the costs and benefits of becoming an alternative energy seller. BP/Amoco, and Enron, two of our competitors, are moving into alternative energy. Creating and selling renewable sources of energy will require investment and may cut our profits from oil and natural gas sales.
My Board of Directors is convinced that we will see coal burning gradually drop, and that other forms of energy will begin to replace coal and oil. For example, natural gas, wind energy, fuel cells, hydrogen, and more hydro-electric power..