How will debt-addled governments deal with an oil price boom? Not very well

How will debt-addled governments deal with an oil price boom? Not very well

A fascinating article was forwarded to me recently (thank you KG). Some wise guy I’d never heard of (Louis-Vincent Gave of Hong Kong-based advisory firm Gavekal) gave a startling brilliant interview. I’m not sure what made it so great, but it had a clarity, purposefulness, and vision seldom seen elsewhere. By me anyway. Howard Marks […]

The daunting task of energy education perfectly illuminated by the stupidest news story of the year

The daunting task of energy education perfectly illuminated by the stupidest news story of the year

Another year of drawing attention to energy literacy draws to a close, with a bleak reminder of what we’re up against. In the news recently was a popular item that displays the immense challenge of getting the general public to understand complexity. First, and by way of analogy, let’s say you were at a huge […]

The problem isn’t fake news, it’s abandonment of news – here’s how to fix it

The problem isn’t fake news, it’s abandonment of news – here’s how to fix it

Last month, a man named Adolph Hitler Uunona was vigorously elected in a Namibian regional election. The result is not as bad as it might appear at a glance; Namibia was colonized by Germany early last century, the place had German presence heavier than schnitzel, and his father “probably didn’t understand what Adolph Hitler stood […]

Polarization as strategy – No other way to interpret activist loathing of Shell’s voluntary “Drive Carbon Neutral” plan

Polarization as strategy – No other way to interpret activist loathing of Shell’s voluntary “Drive Carbon Neutral” plan

How low can environmental/energy dialogue go? No one really knows. Every week, we set another all-time low. Anyone involved with energy on a practical level -that is, anyone that is part of energy solutions rather than political machinations – knows full well how challenging it is to move away from a global hydrocarbon-based system. Due […]

Why bet against human ingenuity?

Why bet against human ingenuity?

Some phrases in our lexicon just make us feel good. For whatever reason, they strike an elemental chord and just give you the warm and fuzzies, like “Dinner’s ready” or “We’re giving you a raise” or “Looks like they’re not going to press charges”. Weirdly enough, I came across just such an example in a […]