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 […]

“I am inevitable” – Earth Day means the whole earth, growing energy consumption and all

“I am inevitable” – Earth Day means the whole earth, growing energy consumption and all

Ah, Earth Day. I think I was supposed to turn out the lights or something. Oops. On the plus side, I didn’t dump a load of chemicals in a river or start an energy-sucking crpyto-currency. But on the other hand, the words of Thanos seemed more appropriate than anything, with respect to the rise of […]

Hydrocarbon haters: You have no chance of success. Zero. Seven billion people agree, every day

Hydrocarbon haters: You have no chance of success. Zero. Seven billion people agree, every day

“Severe personality problems find *camouflage.* No one thinks “I’m a sadist” or “I’m a malignant narcissist.” They find a belief system/social group that validates their most hateful, destructive impulses & construes them as virtues. The most toxic and hateful people in the world are 100% convinced they fight for what is true and right.They find […]

You energy charlatans want publicity? I’ll give you publicity…

You energy charlatans want publicity? I’ll give you publicity…

I get to meet a lot of great people from writing all this energy stuff. People from all over; happily, many from the audience I’d targeted originally. Such as, people not affiliated with energy that wanted to understand it more. People that smelled a rat when reading the main media discourse, where circular ignorance falls […]

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 […]