In 2007, the price of crude oil reached all-time highs and it was unfathomable that U.S. crude production would reverse a multi-decade trend of declining output. This dynamic also coincided with an even more remarkable trend of sharp declines in gasoline consumption.
With crude oil exports restricted in the United States, consumers should be the likely beneficiary of cheaper crude oil. However, ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM ) is taking a hard look at the changing dynamics in the United States and is lobbying for crude oil exports. While the Energy Department has approved licenses for natural gas exports, licenses for crude exports will likely never materialize. See the video below for more information on this topic.
Record oil and natural gas production is revolutionizing the United States' energy position. Finding the right plays while historic amounts of capital expenditures are flooding the industry will pad your investment nest egg. For this reason, the Motley Fool is offering a comprehensive look at three energy companies set to soar during this transformation in the energy industry. To find out which three companies are spreading their wings, check out the special free report, "3 Stocks for the American Energy Bonanza." Don't miss out on this timely opportunity; click here to access your report -- it's absolutely free.
This segment is from Thursday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy and materials sectors @TMFEnergy.