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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]