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 […]

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 […]