Natural Gas Performed Heroically In Texas, Until It Didn’t

In a recent article for WIRED — The Energy Sector Must Prepare for More Extreme Weather — I detailed some of the primary causes behind the recent power outages in Texas. One aspect I didn’t […]

Funding For Battery Technology Companies Exploded In 2020

Last fall Swedish lithium-ion battery maker Northvolt announced that it had raised $600 million in equity to invest in capacity expansion, research and development, and large-scale recycling. The capital raise included institutional investors Baillie Gifford, […]

How Fossil Fuels Are Being Used To Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions

In Part I of my interview with James Rockall, the CEO of the World LPG Association, we discussed the major global problems associated with indoor air pollution caused predominantly by cooking. He explained how liquefied […]

How Fossil Fuels Are Saving Lives In Developing Countries

Over the past 20 years, renewable energy usage has exploded around the world. In general, there is a widespread belief that renewable is better for the planet. That is often true. But not always. Last […]

How President Biden’s Executive Orders Impact The Oil Industry

In late 2019, as various candidates jockeyed to win the Democratic nomination for president, Elizabeth Warren made the statement that she would “ban fracking everywhere.” It was just the kind of hollow campaign promise that […]

My 2021 Energy Sector Predictions

When I made my 2020 predictions a year ago, the world was on the cusp of a pandemic that would upend the oil markets. In the process, it upended two of my energy sector predictions, […]

In ExxonMobil’s Defense

Because of its long-standing position as the biggest member of the “Big Oil” club, ExxonMobil is a company many love to hate. So, stories about ExxonMobil’s woes generate a lot of schadenfreude, and hence a […]

How Microsoft Plans To Eliminate All The Carbon It Ever Emitted

In January 2020, Microsoft launched a company-wide focus on sustainability by announcing an ambitious goal and a detailed plan to become carbon negative by 2030, and by 2050 to remove from the environment more carbon than they […]

The Best-Performing Energy Companies Of 2020

In 2020, the energy sector got hit with the triple-whammy of a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, demand destruction as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and perceptions that oil is about to […]