Please enjoy this free sample of our premium content featuring Dan Dicker. To get all of Dicker's premium content free for a limited time, please register here.NEW YORK ( RealMoney) -- There is big news in pipelines today: Kinder Morgan Partners ( KMP) is buying El Paso Energy ( EP) for a big 37% premium, which will make the former the U.S. leader in pipeline mileage and volume. But, more than that, this monster merger is a tell on the future of natural gas. No one in Washington seems to believe in it -- but Richard Kinder does. He is the kind of guy in the world of natural gas that you don't ignore. Kinder is the undisputed king of midstream, understanding the transport and storage business in natural gas as no one else in the world does. He is the godfather of the transport master limited partnership. On a basic level, he singlehandedly devised the investment vehicle to deliver fantastic dividends (actually distributions) to shareholders while avoiding the double taxation problems that had previously burdened connected natural gas exploration and production companies.
|The rise of natural gas is inevitable, and Richard Kinder is betting on it in a big way.|