We have come to rely on the innovation of the modern era: smartphones that help you keep in contact with anyone anywhere; Alexas that will tell you the weather or turn your lights off; the ability to reach out to a consultant that will help you establish a strong...
American oil and gas companies have been at the forefront of pushing innovation over the past 20 years. Yet strangely, outside of a few small think tanks and industry groups in Washington, we hear very little that is positive about this American success story and the benefits it has...
Ever since coming to office in 2018, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has been pushing for greater nationalization of the energy sector. AMLO cites over-greedy international energy companies, sectoral corruption, and the need for enhanced national energy security as the main reasons behind the scheme. However, nationalization...
On March 19, 2020, the State of California became the first state to issue a stay-at-home order, mandating all residents stay at home except to go to an essential job or shop for basic needs.  Within weeks most of the world followed. For the next three months total energy use across...
There’s a lot of talk about tackling climate change these days. If you listen to the media, you’d think that the solution is to electrify everything, but that’s meaningless if you do not have access to a clean, efficient, sustainable, low-cost way of generating electricity. However, not everywhere has...
Bakken Shale – North Dakota/Montana Oasis Petroleum and Whiting Petroleum have completed their merger to form “Chord Energy Corporation.” The completed merger creates a scaled, unconventional U.S. oil producer within the Bakken Basin, with premier positioning in the Williston Basin and top-tier assets across nearly 1 million net acres. “Chord...
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), recently signed into law by President Biden, is a wide-reaching piece of legislation that includes the largest climate investment ever made by Congress. With $369 billion allocated for cutting emissions, developing clean energy technology, and advancing environmental initiatives, the IRA is projected to reduce...
Perhaps the best chance to pass a permitting reform was recently lost when what originally was a bipartisan effort became about payback partisan politics. Continued polarization is the greatest enemy of our nation’s energy security. Flip-flopping between political and ideological extremes makes a long-term investment in any type of...
Modern oil companies are going digital. To accomplish that, they are looking for easy-to-install, easy-to-use solutions that solve an immediate problem using cost-effective digital technology. Those three attributes—easy to install, easy to use, and cost-effective—are reshaping well monitoring, and by extension the oil and gas industry as a whole. Well-monitoring...
Grit, sacrifice, hard work, vision…There’s no shortage of advice on developing any of these attributes crucial to entrepreneurship. Yet, little is said about these specific needs that all entrepreneurs must have if they’re going to succeed:  Courage As a four-time CEO of public and private companies, the founder of one of...