Cutting-edge colonialism: “Hey Africa, we’ll take all that cobalt, but we decided your hydrocarbons have to stay in the ground”

Cutting-edge colonialism: “Hey Africa, we’ll take all that cobalt, but we decided your hydrocarbons have to stay in the ground”

Here in North America, we’re becoming accustomed to powerful figures uttering utterly bonkers statements with respect to energy. We have President Biden in 2020 expressing an interest in throwing fossil fuel executives in jail for their crime of providing hydrocarbons, then currently admonishing those same executives for not producing enough oil/natural gas. We see European […]

Irreconcilable political postures don’t belong in energy discussions – or Europe’s pathetic energy situation will go global

Irreconcilable political postures don’t belong in energy discussions – or Europe’s pathetic energy situation will go global

If you hear a story about someone that starts a business with their own money, and that business grows, and becomes highly profitable, and eventually hires a hundred people, and the owner gets rich…what do you think when you hear that story? Given that readers here are most likely businesspeople, you would likely think it’s […]

$5 trillion in 2021 global debt/equity raised (so far), “divest fossil fuels” in full swing, the world running short of natural gas/coal, and winter is coming

As an independent energy voice, I have no corporate editors or lawyers or hand-tailored silver haired senior management muting commentary. It is often fun, being able to say what many are thinking in a direct and unfiltered way.  And yet, even with that freedom, I am at a loss to describe the mayhem going on […]

The spell is broken: world recognizes absolute necessity of natural gas, hopefully not too late

“There’s a tendency for the government to say the power sector is done, the sector has been decarbonised, the renewables transition is going at pace and all of that good stuff…we’re reliant on gas more generally than we thought.” Hipster website Wired, “The UK is racing towards a winter energy crisis“ “Sorting this out requires […]

Geopolitics, oil, and the ultimate inevitable celebration of the oil sands

Geopolitics, oil, and the ultimate inevitable celebration of the oil sands

Decades ago, when the west cared about energy security, weird things happened around the world. Major new hydrocarbon discoveries in various undeveloped corners of the world led to instant new ‘friendships’ – hey look everyone, we just signed a new trade deal with Angola! And a generation of political pundits scrambled for their atlases. Political […]