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Russia's Actions in Crimea Are REALLY Bad for the Energy Business

It may not happen today. It may not happen tommorrow. But someday, Russia's annexation of Crimea will take a bite out of its massive energy industry. With over 50% of the federal budget coming from oil and gas revenues and multibillion-dollar agreements with big oil players ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM  ) , BP (NYSE: BP  ) , and Total (NYSE: TOT  ) , it is very possible this deal could severely hurt the Kremlin's pocketbook more than it realizes.

The trouble facing Russia's energy industry will probably not come from economic sanctions; Russia's contributions to the global oil and gas market are simply too much to make up from other places. However, aggression like this will very likely cause its largest customer, the European continent, to reduce its reliance on Russian exports though other investments. Find out how else this could affect Russia and even the future prospects of these big oil players by tuning into the video below.

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Slowly, but surely, the oil and gas production is slowly moving away from the traditional sources such as Russia and OPEC . Much of that movement has been thanks to major strides in oil and gas drilling technology, and one behind-the-scenes energy giant is at the epicenter of this movement. Warren Buffett is so confident in this company's power-shifting business model, he just loaded up on 8.8 million shares. An exclusive Motley Fool report reveals this game-changing company we're calling OPEC's Worst Nightmare. Simply click here, and we'll give you free access to this valuable investor resource.

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