What I tell you today could change the way you view many things in life.
All of the Letters are interconnected and together they form an important guide to our economy, the stock market, and our very livelihood – an educational non-fiction story of how the world really works.
Today’s Letter marks a very important chapter in this ongoing story.
I am warning you this is not a quick read, but it is an extremely important one.
Take the time to read this Letter in its entirety.
Let’s start with a Letter I wrote back in July 2014.
“When Nations Unite Against the West”
“Emerging economies have had enough of being slaves to a currency that has unlimited production, controlled by one organization.
This control has turned rivals into allies with a common goal of diversification away from the dollar.
It may be hard to grasp the concept of a world not ruled by the dollar, but what we are witnessing in the form of civil wars in the Middle East, to Ukraine and Syria, is a fight for exactly that: de-dollarization.
The dollar currently represents more than 60% of the world’s foreign reserve holdings. Its distribution has allowed the U.S. to enjoy a substantial advantage over every nation in the world.
American lenders have been able to use the dollar’s strength to control emerging markets by making loans with strong contingencies to nations who simply can’t afford to ever pay those loans back.
As I mentioned in my Letter, “The Real Reason for War in Syria“:
“Currency manipulation allows developed countries to print and lend to other developing countries at will.
A rich nation might go into a developing nation and lend them millions of dollars to build bridges, schools, housing, and expand their military efforts. The rich nation convinces the developing nation that by borrowing money, their nation will grow and prosper.
However, these deals are often negotiated at a very specific and hefty cost; the lending nation might demand resources or military and political access. Of course, developing nations often take the loans, but never really have the chance to pay it back.
When the developing nations realize they can’t pay back the loans, they’re at the mercy of the lending nations.
The trick here is that the lending nations can print as much money as they want, and in turn, control the resources of developing nations. In other words, the loans come at a hefty cost to the borrower, but at no cost to the lender.
That is why energy is much more valuable than currency in a fiat system.
That’s why many wars have been fought over the control of energy.”
There’s no doubt that much of this would have never happened if the dollar didn’t rule. And because of its status, the dollar enables the Fed to limit the growth of emerging markets by contracting the money supply at will.
But that’s rapidly changing.
The dollar in foreign holdings has been on a steady decline over the last decade, and a substantial decline will likely take place in the very near future; thus, affecting everything from our investments and our wealth, to our social well-being.
Countries Fight Back
For many years, the dollar has enjoyed its power.
But with power comes greed, and with greed comes suffering.
And some of the world’s largest economies have suffered enough.
World Bank and IMF – We’re Coming for You
Just last week (July 2014), five of the biggest major emerging national economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) signed a long-anticipated document to create a $100 billion BRICS Development Bank (now called New Development Bank (NDB), with headquarters in Shanghai.
The institution will counter the influence of Western lending firms as well as the dollar, and give way for developing economies to grow without being forced into unfair terms from Western lending firms.
The creation of this bank is not only a direct threat to the dollar but also a direct threat to the United States and its control over emerging economies.
Recall the Bretton Woods summit in 1944 that became the basis for the modern system of central banking and foreign exchange as well as the creation of both the World Bank and the IMF.
Their creation gave Western powers control of the world through loans to nations that simply could not afford to pay them. In the end, many of these nations are forced to privatize state-owned assets in order to fulfill their debt obligations.
In other words, it’s a politically correct way to seize the assets of a country and hand them over to corporations and bankers for profit.
Just ask Argentina.
With the creation of the BRICS development bank, emerging nations now have a choice outside of Western policies.
China’s official Xinhua news agency said in an editorial that the agreement ushers in a long-awaited alternative to the “Western-dominated institutes in global finance.”
…The development of the BRICS Development Bank gives poor developing nations (may I add resource-rich) the option to potentially receive better lending terms. In addition, these nations no longer have to rely on the harsh lending terms from Western banks.”
In other words, the BRICS are telling the world that it no longer has to rely on the dollar and Western banks to grow.
And they are all unilaterally engaging other economies to do the same.
Putin just kicked off his Latin America trip (July 2014) to gain further support around the world.
But he’s not only gaining allies, he is pursuing those who have a bone to pick with the West.
Putin has agreed to write off 90% of Cuba’s debt to Russia, which is equal to $32 billion.
In exchange, Russia gets to reopen an electronic eavesdropping post in Cuba that closed more than a decade ago.
Earlier, I mentioned Argentina. Argentina has already privatized much of its public infrastructure, such as its water services, to the West in order to meet loan obligations.
It’s no wonder that Putin has made it very clear that Argentina would be one of major focus in Latin America.
Clearly, Russia and the BRICS nations are on a worldwide hunt for allies…and they’re succeeding. (I have written many Letters on how they’re succeeding since 2014, such as this one.)
This is a direct threat to the dollar’s value.
But it doesn’t stop there.
For the past few years, I have given you many examples of how nations are beginning to move away from the dollar in international trade.
…the dollar enjoys its power because of the liquidity it provides to foreign nations when buying or selling goods.
But being the world’s reserve currency also has other benefits. It has the ability to impede the growth of other nations – in particular, the rise of Eastern nations.
Attack Through Sanctions
This week (July 2014), the U.S. issued another round of sanctions against Russia for its continued role in Ukraine.
These sanctions pose a direct threat to Russia and are an international symbol of “don’t f%# with us” by the U.S.
It also means the U.S. is growing increasingly worried about Russia’s forward progress.
Again, recall that Ukraine is a primary energy corridor of significant importance. I strongly suggest you go back and read my letters to get a better understanding of what the real battle in Ukraine and Syria is all about.
You can do so by clicking the following links:
In American media, the sanctions are about Russia and its “unlawful” stance in Ukraine.
In Russian media, the sanctions are simply about competing gas sales between Russia and the U.S.
“…The connection between the civil war in Ukraine and gas deliveries is far too weak, and the US simply wants Europe to stop buying Russian gas and start buying US gas.”
The above represents the basis for this Letter.
To summarize, nations around the world – led by China and Russia – are on a path to remove the US dollar as the primary world reserve currency.
I have talked about this specifically in many letters, for example, The Truth About the Currency Wars, where I talk about the many currency swaps amongst nations that have been directly implemented to circumvent the US dollar.
This is no secret.
It’s also no secret that countries around the world have been net importers of gold and many of them – Venezuela and Germany included – have repatriated their gold from abroad.
The reason isn’t simply that they believe gold is valuable. There is a very specific reason for this.
And I am about to tell you why. Stay with me.
Do you think the US dollar will collapse?
Still at the Top
While every media outlet wants you to believe that electric cars will remove our dependence from oil, that couldn’t be further from the truth – at least not for another few decades.
I’ll tell you why specifically in just a bit.
Right now, oil and gas remains the most important resource in the world. Every nation needs it, which means every nation needs to buy it.
In fact, contrary to what the media tells you, not only do oil and gas still represent more than 50% of the world’s primary energy supply, oil and gas were the top two largest increments in energy consumption last year:
As you already know, the US has been the ultimate consumer and importer of oil for the last few decades. This is one of the primary reasons why the US dollar is the most used currency in the world today.
Even if you can’t fathom real-life statistics about our growing oil and gas consumption, you can’t deny that oil represents a tangible conduit for the exchange of world currencies.
So while you turn the TV on and see racism, inequality, N. Korea, and Donald Trump, something of the utmost global importance happened this year.
Something that no one has even talked about.
The Silent Takeover
During the first half of 2017, China became the number one crude oil importer in the world – overtaking the United States.
In fact, crude oil flows in China have increased by a whopping 80 percent since 2010 and hit 8.6 million barrels per day (bpd) just last year.
However, the recent increase in consumption wasn’t driven only by a massive increase in Chinese fuel consumption.
In the first half of 2017, “510,000 bpd more was flowing into storage in the first half of 2017 compared to the same period last year.”
That means China’s oil demand wasn’t driven only by consumption, it was driven by strategic and commercial inventory volumes.
China has publicly made the world aware that they plan to challenge the strength of the U.S. dollar. This includes garnering international legitimacy by making efforts through bilateral trade/swap agreements and inclusion into the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights (SDR).
(*the SDR is an international reserve asset created by the IMF in 1969 to supplement its member countries’ official reserves. Its value is based on a basket of four key international currencies (currently the U.S. dollar, Euro, Japanese Yen, and the British pound), and SDRs can be exchanged for freely usable currencies. See https://www.equedia.com/real-reason-behind-asian-infrastructure-investment-bank/)
Despite the increase in the yuan’s international recognition, it will take much more for nations around the world to accept the yuan as they accept dollars.
For that to happen, nations around the world will not only have to include yuan in their foreign reserves, but they will have to include it in large enough amounts for it to matter.
But how can China’s yuan infiltrate global foreign reserves?
Just ask the United States.
If it Ain’t Broke…
After World War 2, the United States became a global economic powerhouse. They traded with nations all around the world and were the ultimate consumer.
It wasn’t only the economic power of the US that made foreign nations trust its currency; it was the ability for holders to convert their US dollars into gold at any time.
However, all growing economies eventually reach a tipping point before taking a step back.
The U.S. economy after WWII was no different.
Via How Money Works:
“As US government spending continued to rise along with the uncertainty of government policies, foreign nations holding US dollars began converting their dollars into gold.
As a result, the US lost half of its gold reserves in the sixties and by 1971, there were four times the amount of dollars overseas than the US had gold for conversion.
So in that same year, President Nixon told the world they would no longer be able to convert their dollars into gold.
By 1971, there was no longer any backing for gold internationally.”
What followed is extremely important.
“The world was in shock and the global monetary system collapsed.
Under the Bretton Woods system, currencies were all pegged at a fixed exchange rate and trade, for the most part, was in balance.
But as soon Nixon removed gold backing internationally, along with record government spending, the system collapsed.
Inflation also took over and commodity prices skyrocketed. Oil, for example, went from $3.60 to over $35 in 10 years, climbing nearly 900%.
Fixed exchange rates became floating exchange rates and trade imbalances began to blow up.
“Beginning in the early 1980s, annual U.S. trade deficits reached unprecedented levels. After decades of postwar surpluses, the U.S. trade deficit topped $100 billion in 1984 and peaked at a record $153 billion in fiscal year 1987.”
Most of this deficit was with Japan. And that meant a boatload of dollars went into Japan.”
Not only did the global financial and currency market go into disarray, but the United States was beginning to lose its standing as the international economic powerhouse.
It had to do something and it had to do it fast…
The Rise of a New Currency
Oil and gas were the lifeblood of the world economy and one nation was at the epicenter of it all: Saudi Arabia.
If a nation could control the price of oil globally, or at least the majority of it, then its currency could become the most widely used currency.
So the U.S. struck a deal with Saudi Arabia to price Saudi oil in US dollars. But why would Saudi Arabia agree to such terms when they were the biggest exporter of oil?
Because the United States had what no one else in the world had: the strongest and most advanced military weapons.
“…The basic framework was strikingly simple. The U.S. would buy oil from Saudi Arabia and provide the kingdom military aid and equipment. In return, the Saudis would plow billions of their petrodollar revenue back into Treasuries and finance America’s spending.”
The plan was genius. In return for pricing oil in US dollars, Saudi Arabia would not only get weapons to defend its oil, but it would gain US military support to control the Middle East and the surrounding oil reserves.
Anyone who challenged their plans, such as suggesting alternative currency payments outside of the US dollar, fell to their knees.
Think Muammar Gaddafi (Libyan Oil)* and Saddam Hussein (Iraqi Oil).
(*recall that Muammar Gaddafi proposed to create a unified African currency backed by gold, which could be used to buy and sell African oil and circumvent the US dollar. Hilary Clinton’s leaked emails showed that one of the main reasons Gaddafi was overthrown was to prevent Gaddafi’s plans for a gold-backed currency and prevent oil from being priced outside of the US dollar.)
Since many of the world’s biggest economies, such as the U.K., France, and Japan, were heavily dependent on Saudi Oil, they had no choice but to buy US dollar.
It also made sense for these nations because many of them had massive amounts of US dollar and debt that could no longer be converted into gold. Think Japan (as I mentioned earlier, who had boatloads of US dollars).
In other words, oil became the foundation that paved the way for the US dollar to become the world’s most widely used currency.
So just a few years after the Nixon Shock, the Petro/US dollar was born.
And for decades, the United States maintained control of this energy-currency stranglehold.
But over the past years, this stranglehold has loosened its grip.
And it’s all because of another emerging power.
China: The Next United States?
After WWII, the US experienced tremendous economic growth and was the number one driver of economic activity in the world.
Over the last decade, China has become what the US was post-WWII – growing at more than 6% every year since 1991 and averaging nearly 10% a year since that time.
If China were to solidify its spot as the top global oil importer, it would give China’s currency, the yuan, true international status.
In fact, natural resource purchases, including oil, have already assisted in increasing the yuan’s international position.
For example, back in 2011, Nigeria, one of the largest producers of sweet oil, agreed to sell oil to China in exchange for yuan and thus, began holding yuan in reserves.
A year later, Iran sold oil and gas to China and accepted yuan as payment. This allowed Iran to bypass the dollar-delineated sanctions imposed by the US.
The same thing happened just a few years ago in 2015 when Russia began accepting yuan as payment for oil and gas to combat sanctions from the West.
In fact, as I mentioned in Death of an Oil Giant in 2014, China already has bilateral currency swap lines with more than 20 countries and regions since 2009.
As of 2015, via CFR.org:
“Since 2009, China has signed bilateral currency swap agreements with thirty-two counterparties.”
As a result of the increasing role of the yuan in international trade, the yuan has officially been included into the IMF’s SDR, despite certain convertibility and capital control issues.
And just as the currency swaps haven’t slowed, neither has yuan-for-oil…
The Global Chess Match
There is a serious global chess match right now for the global oil/dollar trade and China is infiltrating nations all around the world.
Earlier this month, a little-known Chinese exploration and production company, CEFC China Energy, announced it would buy a massive stake in Russia’s state-owned oil and gas giant Rosneft:
“A closely-held Chinese oil company agreed to buy a minority stake in Rosneft PJSC for about $9 billion, deepening energy and political ties with Russia amid increasing tensions with the U.S.
… CEFC will buy a 14.16 percent stake in Rosneft from a joint venture between Glencore and the Qatar Investment Authority for about $9 billion.”
While this stuff doesn’t reach our Trudeau-funded CBC or other American news outlets, the historic deal is the first major Chinese investment into Russia’s oil and gas sector.
And that represents an absolute contender to the US stranglehold on oil pricing.
To make matters worse for the US, this relationship between China and Russia has long been in the works.
Last year, both Rosneft and CEFC signed a deal for the long-term supply of Russian crude into China. Then in July, they signed a cooperation agreement that included an option for CEFC China to buy into the Russian company’s retail business.
But there’s more:
“The Chinese company (CEFC) isn’t only establishing a presence in Russia. Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. in February awarded CEFC a 4 percent stake in an onshore venture that includes China National Petrol Corp., the Asian nation’s biggest producer, as well as BP Plc and Total SA, Japan’s Inpex Corp. and South Korea’s GS Energy. In March, it agreed to buy a stake in the U.S. broker Cowen Group Inc.”
Of course, the big news is China’s ownership in Rosneft.
Because it allows China a backdoor to markets it could never access on its own.
Back-Door Access to India
China and India have always had a tough relationship. Heck, India just approved to spend $750 billion to protect its borders against a China invasion, despite China announcing the two nations should work together on “common challenges such as ‘anti-globalisation’ and trade protectionism.”
While it’s been mostly peaceful, there’s no doubt that with a disputed border of over 4,000 km tensions will arise.
But India represents one of the biggest emerging oil and gas markets in the world – a market China wants a piece of but never made any real strides.
So how does China infiltrate India?
Just last month, Russia’s Rosneft finally closed a deal to buy a 49% stake in India’s Essar Oil, one of India’s prominent oil and gas firms.
That means China, who owns a piece of Russia’s largest oil and gas company, now also indirectly owns a stake in India’s emerging oil and gas market.
But that’s not all.
Rosneft currently has operations in many places around the world including nations on the completely opposite end, such as Brazil and Venezuela.
Venezuela is home to the largest oil reserves in the world, according to OPEC data.
Unfortunately, much of Venezuela’s massive oil reserves are located either offshore or deep underground, and consist of heavy oil, making it very expensive to extract.
In other words, the price of oil needs to be much higher for the country to succeed – especially since oil represents 95% of Venezuela’s export earnings. Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has already suggested that $70 per barrel would be a balanced price and help the global financial situation.
As I mentioned in my Letter, oil prices have been manipulated downward (see my newsletter Why Oil Prices are So Low) and as a result, Venezuela has suffered.
Call it conspiracy but there’s a reason why Venezuelan President Maduro told the world earlier this month that it would remove its dependence on US dollars – and it’s not just because of potential US sanction threats.
“Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday his cash-strapped country would seek to “free” itself from the U.S. dollar next week, using the weakest of two official foreign exchange regimes and a basket of currencies.”
That’s why Venezuela has been working closely with China and Russia over the past years.
“From 2007 to 2014, China lent Venezuela $63 billion – 53 percent of all its lending to Latin America during this time.
There was an important catch to this largesse; to guarantee repayment, Beijing insisted on being repaid in oil.
With most lending agreed to when oil hovered at more than $100 a barrel, as it did for most of 2007-2014, it seemed a good deal for both sides.
However, when oil dropped to close to $30 a barrel in January 2016, this caused Venezuela’s price tag for serving its debt to explode. To repay Beijing today, Venezuela must now ship two barrels of oil for every one it originally agreed to.”
And guess what?
Just last week, Venezuela launched its attack on the US dollar by using China as its anchor.
“Venezuela published the price of its oil and fuel in Chinese currency on Friday in what it called an effort to free the socialist-run country from the “tyranny of the dollar,” echoing a plan recently announced by President Nicolas Maduro.
Maduro last week said his government would shun the dollar after the United States announced sanctions that blocked certain financial dealings with Venezuela on accusations that the ruling Socialist Party is undermining democracy.
The global oil industry overwhelmingly uses the dollar for pricing of products.
A weekly Oil Ministry bulletin published on Friday listed September prices in yuan, while including prices from previous weeks and months in dollars.”
Do you think it’s a coincidence that all of a sudden, the CIA tells us that it intends to exact a change in the Venezuelan government?
Is it a coincidence that Trump just threatened Venezuela with military intervention?
It’s because Venezuela is directly attacking the dollar.
What do YOU think?
The current climate in Venezuela and the costs for extracting oil there means the country will have to take a backseat role in China’s yuan infiltration in the near-term.
But what happens when China infiltrates the world’s number one oil producer, who just happens to be under the complete control of the US?
The Big Threat: Saudi Arabia
Nothing could threaten the US dollar reign more than if Saudi Arabia began to accept yuan as payment for oil – Saudi Arabia is the birthplace for the petrodollar after all.
However, this likely won’t happen given the US would most certainly no longer supply the Saudi nations with advanced military weapons nor back them up in a fight, which means the Saudi’s could lose its reign in the Middle East.
But as I mentioned before, this is a global chess match at its finest.
Just a few weeks ago, Saudi Arabia’s Vice Minister of economy said that their government is now considering the possibility of a yuan-denominated bond.
“Saudi Arabia is willing to consider funding itself partly in Chinese yuan, a senior Saudi official said on Thursday, raising the possibility of closer financial ties between the two countries.
The Saudi government has started borrowing tens of billions of dollars abroad in the past year to cover a big budget deficit caused by low oil prices, but its foreign bond issues and loans have been denominated entirely in U.S. currency.
Obtaining some funds in yuan could give Riyadh more financial flexibility and would mark a success for China, the biggest market for Saudi oil, in its drive to make the yuan a top international currency.
… Tuwaijri added, “We will be very willing to consider funding in renminbi and other Chinese products, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and other divisions have shown interest for us to do that.”
Furthermore, the two nations agreed on establishing a $20 billion joint investment fund.
“Saudi Arabia and China plan to establish a $20 billion investment fund as the Kingdom deepens ties with its biggest Asian oil customer.
King Salman met Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli in Jeddah on Thursday amid a flurry of deal-making between the countries, which are both pursuing economic transformation plans through Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 and China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
The pair plan to jointly operate the investment fund, sharing costs and profits on a 50:50 basis, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told Reuters on Thursday.”
Adding more fuel to the fire, the Saudi-Chinese relationship has already been set in motion and the two nations are closer than ever.
In fact, Saudi Aramco is already in talks to buy a 30 percent stake in a refinery owned by China National Petroleum Corporation.
“State-owned oil giant Saudi Arabian Oil Co. is in talks to invest billions of dollars in a Chinese state-owned oil refinery, according to people familiar with the matter.
The deal-which could be valued at up to $2 billion-would give Saudi Aramco, as it is known, a more-than 30% stake in a 260,000-barrels-a-day plant owned by PetroChina Co. in China’s Yunnan province, the people said. PetroChina is a unit of state-owned China National Petroleum Corp.”
Of course, this is all gearing up for the potential significant investment from China into the world’s largest oil producer, Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Aramco.
Saudi Aramco just announced that they intend to go public in what would be the world’s largest-ever IPO.
Talks are already swirling regarding the valuation and legitimacy of the Aramco IPO with many experts stating that it may not happen due to numerous reasons including a lack of transparency and potential oil and gas reserve issues.
However, one might suggest that it’s the US not allowing it to happen because if it does, it could not only open up historical trade secrets between the US and Saudi Arabia, but it could be the end of the US-dollar priced Saudi oil.
We’re already witnessing the groundwork that Saudi Arabia and China are paving to price/trade oil in yuan. But if China ends up buying a stake in Aramco, the pricing of Saudi oil could include yuan, and even shift from dollars to yuan.
If this happens, China would influence nearly 40% of the global oil and gas production through its interests in Russia, Iran, and Saudi Arabia – maybe more when you consider Venezuela.
But will the Saudis allow China to own a stake in Aramco and risk losing US military support?
I think so, but only if it has access to other military support – say, from China.
In March, Saudi Arabia and China struck a massive $65 billion investment cooperation deal. Within that deal was an agreement to set up the first factory for Chinese hunter-killer aerial drones in the Middle East.
“Saudi Arabia’s key science and technology organization has confirmed that one of the deals sealed during Saudi King Salman’s visit to China this month was an agreement to set up the first factory for Chinese hunter-killer aerial drones in the Middle East.”
Furthermore, via Defense News:
“Security ties between the two have also grown significantly, with the Royal Saudi Air Force deploying Chinese unmanned attack drones and the two militaries holding joint counter-terrorism exercises in western China. Chinese naval defense vessels have also visited the Saudi port of Jeddah as part of increasingly active maneuvers in the Gulf of Aden.”
I expect we will soon see a massive arms deal between China and Saudi Arabia to cement their relations. Or we will see the US block it.
Do you think Saudi will ever price its oil in yuan?
It’s clear that China has done almost everything to increase the use of its yuan through the oil trade.
But there is one last roadblock.
Controlling and influencing oil and gas supplies is one thing, but having the world accept a new unit of pricing for oil is another. If China wants people to accept yuan, it needs its own benchmark.
And that, too, is in the works.
A New Oil Benchmark
Crude exports are primarily priced through the Brent, WTI or Dubai benchmarks – all of which are priced in US dollar.
If China solidifies its rank as the number one importer of oil in the world, it would still be at the mercy of benchmarks priced in US dollar.
In other words, if China truly wants to compete with the US dollar, it must begin pricing oil in its own currency. It must have its own benchmark or marker to serve as a reference price for buyers and sellers of crude oil.
And that’s why it has been working on launching its own crude oil futures on the Shanghai International Energy Exchange.
But there’s a problem.
Why would foreign exporters want to remove themselves from the trusted and easily convertible US dollar?
“…China is expected shortly to launch a crude oil futures contract priced in yuan and convertible into gold in what analysts say could be a game-changer for the industry.
The contract could become the most important Asia-based crude oil benchmark, given that China is the world’s biggest oil importer. Crude oil is usually priced in relation to Brent or West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures, both denominated in U.S. dollars.
China’s move will allow exporters such as Russia and Iran to circumvent U.S. sanctions by trading in yuan. To further entice trade, China says the yuan will be fully convertible into gold on exchanges in Shanghai and Hong Kong.”
Not only will China’s oil benchmark be priced in yuan, but those still wary of the yuan could convert their holdings into gold.
And yes, that means we’ll likely see higher gold prices in the coming months and years.
It’s no wonder China – and Russia – have been serious net importers of gold in the past decade, with record net inflows of gold. Many argue that China is now the biggest holder of gold.
If China is successful, the rules of the global oil game will change enormously. And that means the rules of the global currency game will change as well.
It’s no wonder oil-producing nations around the world have been hoarding their gold.
Including, of course, Venezuela.
Hoard Your Gold: Venezuela Nationalizes Gold Sector
Earlier in the week (August 2011), Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said that he plans to nationalize the gold sector, including extraction and processing, and use the production to boost the country’s international reserves:
“I have here the laws allowing the state to exploit gold and all related activities. That is to say, we’re going to nationalize the gold and we’re going to convert it, among other things, into international reserves because gold continues to increase in value” – Hugo Chavez
He’s also ordered the repatriation of 90 percent of Venezuela’s gold reserves held abroad, returning the country’s gold reserves back to Caracas.”
All of this coincides with talks that Russia and China – and many other emerging markets such as Venezuela – are setting up for a day where a gold-backed currency, likely led by the yuan, comes to the world.
The Reality of Moving Away from Oil
While countries such as Russia and China and the likes grow in their share of oil and gas ownership, globalists and other Western-style nations are attempting to abandon (or at least paint the picture) vehicles which use these as a resource. China has stated the same, but their actions on oil trade say otherwise.
The truth is, while the world goes crazy on the electric car boom fueled by government subsidies, we’ve forgotten to ask one simple question:
“Where will these cars get their power?”
First of all, the majority of power still comes from oil and gas.
Electric vehicles (EV) still need to be plugged into an outlet and in many places, that outlet likely comes from a grid that is powered by oil and gas.
That means even if all cars are powered by electricity, that electricity still has to come from somewhere.
Now think about this.
There were over 263 million vehicles registered alone in the US in 2015.
What would happen if all of these vehicles needed to charge up at the same time?
Could our current grid even handle that?
Not a chance.
Let’s just do some simple math.
On average, it takes around 20 kWh (half-way point between Chevy Bolt and Tesla) for an EV to go 100km.
According to the US Federal Highway Administration, the average driver drives 13,476 miles/year.
In 2015, there were around 218 million drivers holding a valid license in the U.S.
That means a potential of 2,937,768,000,000 – or nearly 3 trillion miles are driven annually in the US alone.
Converting miles to kilometres and we get 4,727,879,304,192 km. That’s nearly 5 trillion kilometres that are driven annually in the US.
Convert that again to the power required to fuel those kilometres and we would need more than 945,575 GW of power!
4727879304192/100km = 47,278,793,041.92 X 20 kWh = 945,575.86 GW
The total summer capacity in 2015 in the United States was just under 1200 GW – nowhere near enough to fuel all of those cars.
Total yearly electric energy produced in the US, including renewables, solar, everything, was 4,079 Twh.
To power and charge all of the cars on the road in the US for one year, we would require nearly 25% of all the energy produced in the US!
I am not an engineer or an electrician so my math could be off, but no matter how you spin it, it will take an insane amount of energy to power an America of electric cars.
I suspect that nuclear power plants, and thus uranium, will be making a huge comeback if this shift to electric is real. And grid infrastructure will need to be improved big time. If you’re looking for an alternative play to the EV boom, those are two places to start.
Look, I am not saying that electric vehicles don’t make sense, I am just saying we’re not as close as the media tells us in replacing oil and gas vehicles.
What do you think?
End of Chapter
Earlier this week, the United States announced that the national debt had finally breached the $20 trillion mark.
The rise of the US post-WWII encouraged nations around the world to hold US dollars. But when they began to sense the US economy slowing, political uncertainties brewing, and US debt rising, they began to convert these dollars to gold .
Today, many would argue that US economic growth is slowing and may be headed towards another recession – especially if interest rates rise and the Fed decreases the money supply.
Today, political uncertainties are extremely high with a divided Trump government.
Today, US debt is higher than ever.
All of this could lead to a new era of foreign entities who want something that’s backed by gold – especially if the US no longer has control of the oil supplies and its pricing benchmark.
With the rise of one power comes the weakening of another.
In this case, the rise of China and its yuan means the weakening of the US and its dollar.
The only thing standing in the way of US dollar dominance is the might of the United States’ military power – not just at home, but overseas where it has nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories.
If China continues to increase its power, then the US may have to resort to military might to prevent its decline.
And that is a scary thought.
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