HOW IS OIL EXPLORATION DOING IN THE REST OF THE WORLD?

 You might think that oil is about to dry up across the globe. With all the talk of net zero, surely no one is still exploring for new oil wells? What about the imminent move away from fossil fuels and stranded assets? If you believe this is the future read this report:

Global Oil & Gas Discoveries Up, As Drilling Continues Apace | NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT (wordpress.com)

You see, the rest of the world knows that we still rely heavily on oil and will continue to do so for decades to come. Surely our politicians know it too, even though they cannot bring themselves to actually do any new drilling or fracking themselves. They prefer to virtue-signal and then import it, hoping that no one notices. 

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January 27, 2023 at 03:14AM

What Has Been the Role of Petroleum in Human Progress? (Part IV)

Ed. note: Geologist and petroleum engineer Julián Salazar Velásquez, with nearly a half-century in the Mexican and Venezuelan oil industries, is a leading educator and proponent of free market energy. In addition to numerous articles, his book Gerencia Integrada de Campos de Hidrocarburos (2020) is a primer on the oil industry value chain. His four-part summary (see Part I, Part II, and Part III) ends today.

“I have two options: to remain silent in the last years of my life and witness the destruction of the world economy, as just happened in Venezuela. Or alert many to the threat to blessed living to avoid a repeat of destruction. In clear conscience, I opt for the second!”

The role that fossil fuels have played in the progress of humanity in four revolutions is undeniable:

  • Mechanization with steam engines powered by coal;
  • Massification of electricity, generated first by coal and later by falling water, oil, and natural gas
  • Computing
  • Digitization and artificial intelligence

The mineral energy story can incorporate another of the highly important indicators in the quality of life, such as agricultural and livestock development and food production. (Figures 12 and 13)

Agricultural development has the same development as the other indicators seen previously, where global progress is reflected in the leading role of fossil fuels from coal and oil at the beginning and subsequent expansion of the Industrial Revolution.

In this case, the use of land for cultivation and grazing, which directly affects the food supply, has also grown exponentially since 1850, with values ​​below one billion hectares prior to that date growing to five billion today. Consider that fossil fuels move the agricultural machinery represented by tractors, irrigation equipment, harvesters and food transport–and consider the petrochemical products derived from oil and gas such as fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides used in agriculture that have made possible agricultural development supplying food to a growing world population, now at eight billion.

Thanks to this, the fateful predictions of famine occurring in the world, predictionsin 1972 and 1976 by the Club of Rome and Stanford University respectively, were not fulfilled. Quite the opposite, the public health problem is now the prevalence of obesity caused by overeating and other issues.

Many readers might ask: Do those fuels such as coal, oil and gas not produce environmental pollution or side effects in everyday life?

Of course, yes! All human and industrial activity produces effects on the environment, and environmental-protection laws and regulations govern solid, liquid and gaseous /waste in all countries. But this is not why campaigns are proposing to ban everything that impacts the environment, even when the benefits of that which is being banned are huge compared to the tradeoffs.

It is inadmissible to prohibit the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas (and the use of their fuels and products) because of environmental pollution, when it can be minimized through the use of technologies and by compliance with the procedures established by law. Promoting and imposing “anti-oil and gas” campaigns based on hypothetical negative effects of CO2 emissions is the problem, the misdirection, that needs to be redirected.

As I mentioned in my most recent article on this topic, published on my networks and in Petroleum Magazine: Energy Transition or Transgression?:

…when analyzing the disclosure of the causes and actions to be taken to counteract the climate phenomenon, it is evident that the coverage in the vast majority of the media, social and technical networks, is inclined towards the first line of thought, that is to say, towards the origin generated by the emission of CO2 and CH4 gases and actions aimed at minimizing or eliminating the use of fossil fuels in the medium term and promoting the “energy transition”. Taking the foregoing into consideration, I responsibly affirm that “if we start from a diagnosis without proven scientific basis, the actions dictated by international politics, such as the reduction or prohibition of the use of fuels derived from hydrocarbons, are incorrect and without any effect in the climatic phenomenon; therefore, its consequences will rather have a very strong negative impact on the global economy.

Conclusion

At this stage of my life, fulfilling my mission of disseminating knowledge, experiences, and convictions, it is my inescapable duty, as a professional in the upstream oil industry, to denounce the “demonization” campaign against fossil fuels despite their incalculable contribution to human welfare. Mineral energies, the fossil fuels, the carbon-based energies—abundant, affordable, storable, and reliable—are essential to world progress.

I have been an eyewitness, not because I read or saw it on television or was told about it, but because I have experienced the destruction of Venezuela and its oil industry by promoting and implementing unviable political and economic models. What has happened in my country is akin to what is now being promoted at a global level. Abandoning freedom and devastating a utilitarian industry on false premises is like driving a car with both the accelerator and brake in full simultaneous use.

I have two options: to remain silent in the last years of my life and witness destruction of the world economy just as has happened in Venezuela. Or alert many to the threat to blessed living to avoid a repeat of destruction. In clear conscience, I opt for the second!

-THE END-

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Calderón Berti, Humberto (2022) Conferencia: El papel de los petroleros en la Reconstrucción de Venezuela. https://youtu.be/OSjlQ309jBg

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January 27, 2023 at 01:05AM

Power Grab: Struggling British Households Forced to Install Pre-Paid Smart Meters

With power prices soaring out of control, it’s little wonder that thousands of British families can’t afford electricity. Every time Britain is hit with a bout of calm weather, wholesale power prices go through the roof.

In response to soaring wholesale power prices, the retail price cap that kept a lid on power bills over the last few years has been lifted (see above), such that power has now become a luxury item and forever out of reach for thousands of low-income households.

Add to that to the cost of the hundreds of £millions doled out in subsidies to wind power outfits to produce no power at all, and the tens of £billions they pocket, when they do, and Britain’s subsidised wind power-fixated energy policy looks positively obscene.

In the postwar period, British governments targeted policies that ensured that even the poorest households had access to reliable electricity, which came to be regarded as a birthright.

Those days are long gone.

Having created a market where power scarcity (and associated price gouging by the owners of the remaining dispatchable coal-fired and gas-fired power plants) follows calm weather and sunset, it was inevitable that those entities retailing the stuff would pull out all stops to recover a premium for any power actually delivered to those lucky enough presumed to be able to afford it.

Which brings us to the so-called Smart Meter; devices designed to both limit (or prevent) households’ access to electricity (think forced power rationing) and set the price that they pay for it, on a minute-by-minute basis, depending on scarcity. Which, as we just noted, now depends entirely upon the weather.

The Meters set up by energy retailers may not be altogether Smart, but their owners are certainly clever. At least in terms of the lengths that they’ll go to literally get a foot in the door, as Dean Kirby explains below.

Struggling energy customers facing ‘wild west’ system of warrants to force entry into homes
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Dean Kirby
20 December 2022

Energy firms are being handed the right to force their way into thousands of customer homes without justice officials knowing why the warrants are being granted, it can be revealed.

An investigation by i has discovered how magistrates are batch-processing hundreds of warrants in just minutes to allow debt agents acting on behalf of suppliers to force entry into homes to fit controversial prepayment meters.

The Ministry of Justice has now admitted it has no record of why access to homes has been sought, whether to forcibly install the meters or for other reasons.

It also said that, once inside a customer’s home, the energy firm could “exercise any other right of entry while there”.

The admission has raised further doubts about the level of oversight for warrants being issued by courts to energy firms to force entry into properties. It has also prompted accusations of a legal “wild west” leaving some of the UK’s poorest families at risk of having no gas or electricity this Christmas.

MPs have urged the Government to halt the forced installations this winter, telling the Commons in a two-hour debate they fear a “conveyor belt” of warrants is leaving vulnerable customers in the cold and dark – including terminally ill people returning home to die.

Caroline Lucas MP said: “These court warrants en masse are being carried out with disgraceful lack of due diligence and care.

“Ministers have serious questions to answer. What specific reasoning is behind each of these forced-entry warrants, why they’re being rushed through at breakneck speed without proper verification and how on earth they have been allowed to happen in the first place?

“These court warrants amount to a mass exploitation of the vulnerable and the voiceless – and they must be banned immediately.”

Simon Francis, co-ordinator of the End Fuel Poverty Campaign, said: “It is deeply concerning to hear there is confusion at the heart of Government and the courts about what these warrants are for and why they are being secured.

“The Government needs to very quickly get a grip of this legal wild west, which is spiralling out of control while companies are continuing to force the poorest people in society onto these more expensive meters.”

Industry insiders have told i the process has gone “beyond rubber stamping” as thousands of warrants are “nodded through” each week in “huge batches” of up to 700 at a time.

The College of Policing has issued new advice after some police officers doubted the validity of the “extremely sparse” warrants, which are being granted over the phone by magistrates in a digital format with “wet ink signatures” no longer required.

A new system allowing firms to request these digital warrants over the phone was introduced in 2019, with the college telling officers: “The reasoning is to allow companies to produce the warrant on a tablet or other device if needed, instead of having to possess a paper copy.

“The original digital warrant was extremely sparse and stated only the very barest essentials, leading to some officers to doubt its validity. It has now been updated.”

i told earlier this month how magistrates at one court in northern England granted 496 utility warrants in just three minutes and 51 seconds as a debt agent representing several major energy firms dialled in by telephone.

Prepayment meters are controversial because they are a more expensive way to buy energy and can leave customers facing a choice between self-disconnecting their gas and electricity or being pushed deeper in to debt.

One woman has described how her daughter awoke with cold hands and had the worst asthma attack of her life as she struggles to feed their prepayment meter to keep it going.

The Ministry of Justice told i in a Freedom of Information response in November that courts had issued nearly 500,000 entry warrants in England and Wales since July 2021 specifically to allow firms or their agents to forcibly install prepayment meters.

But in an apologetic updated response after i‘s investigation was published, it has admitted it holds no data specifically on warrants granted for the installation of the meters.

It said: “The figures provided are for warrants of entry granted on behalf of energy companies but the reason for each cannot be broken down further.

“Warrants do not record the purpose of the entry, so we do not have recorded information as to the purpose of the warrant or the purpose for which the provider wishes to enter – and in any event the provider might enter with one intention, but could exercise any other right of entry while there.”

Industry sources, however, insist that the vast bulk of all domestic forced entries are for fitting a prepayment meter.

One industry source with knowledge of the warrants system told i: “The court system is centralised. They are done in huge batches. There are hundreds if not thousands a week from different suppliers. The courts are stretched. I’m not sure there is significant scrutiny of the cases. If there are no objections, they are just nodded through.

“The worry, the big risk, is that the people in the most debt who do not engage with the process, who don’t open that letter about the court case, are usually those who are the most vulnerable.”

Another source said uncontested cases are being heard hundreds of miles from where people live, adding: “It can be four hours away. Literally, a warrant officer picks up the phone and says, ‘I’ve got some warrants’ and the magistrates say ‘OK’.

“They used to pull some out of the file and quiz the warrant officer. Now, it’s done over the phone and it’s even worse. It’s gone beyond rubber stamping. They don’t even stamp them anymore. Warrants are sent out electronically without even a signature and are not even printed out.”

Glasgow North East MP Anne McLaughlin urged the Government to halt self-disconnection for people on prepayment meters in a Commons debate she tabled on the issue last week, adding: “I am desperately worried that people are going to die – people who would have lived had this awful practice been outlawed.”

Ofgem says forced entries “should only ever be a very last resort” and “suppliers’ obligations are clear”. It is urging customers to check they are on their suppliers’ priority services register.

Energy UK, the industry trade body, says suppliers face “difficult decisions” in dealing with customers in debt and the warrants are a last resort after “exhausting all other options” and after vulnerability checks are carried out.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Justice said: “Energy companies are required to provide evidence on whether customers are vulnerable under oath when applying for a warrant and there are penalties for giving false information.”
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Remember when cheap and reliable power was a birthright?

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January 27, 2023 at 12:32AM

British Sports Star Refuses to Fly to Australia Over Climate Concerns

Essay by Eric Worrall

Is the increasing climate activist shunning of Australia a blessing or a curse?

Star teenage British athlete won’t fly to Australia over climate concerns

By Rob Harris
January 26, 2023 — 8.27am

Runner Innes FitzGerald, 16, is a rising star in UK athletics, having set a national under-17 record for 3000m and finished fourth in the 4000m race at the under-20s European Cross Country Championships in Turin last month against athletes three years older.

The teenager, whom the British press has dubbed the “Greta Thunberg of sport”, wrote to the sport’s governing body this week to say she was not available for selection because she could not in good conscience make the trip to the championships in Bathurst, NSW, in February.

“To have the opportunity to compete for Great Britain in Australia is a privilege,” she wrote. “When I started running, the prospect of me competing in the World Cross Country Championships would have seemed merely a dream. However, the reality of the travel fills me with deep concern.

“I was just nine when the COP21 Paris Climate agreement was signed. Now, eight years on, and global emissions have been steadily increasing, sending us on a path to climate catastrophe.”

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/world/europe/star-teenage-british-athlete-won-t-fly-to-australia-over-climate-concerns-20230126-p5cfk8.html

Despite the lack of personal visits from leading climate influencers, their message is still getting through. We have our own home grown batch of Greta wannabes.

June 1, 20215:40 PM GMT+10

“Australia’s Greta Thunberg” steps up climate change activism

SYDNEY, June 1 (Reuters) – Leading thousands of protest marchers through central Sydney and joining a landmark class action lawsuit aren’t the usual activities for most 14-year-olds.

But Australian student Izzy Raj-Seppings has abandoned more frivolous extracurricular activities in favour of stepping up pressure on the country’s leadership to battle climate change.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/australias-greta-thunberg-steps-up-climate-change-activism-2021-06-01/

On balance I think the isolation is harmful to the political health of Australia.

There was a time Australia’s isolation helped mute contact with the 20th century insanity which ripped through much of the Northern Hemisphere. Sure we had homegrown communists and fascists, and our contribution to WW1 and WW2 had a significant impact on Australia, many Australian heroes lost their lives fighting Japan and Germany. My great uncle once used some very Aussie slang phrases when speaking to the nurses on an allied medical ship – they hadn’t tended his wounds, because they thought he was German. The Aussie city of Darwin in the far North was bombed by Japan in WW2.

But the most exciting thing which happened to my family during the wars and upheavals of the 20th century, other than those who served, was one time when a light aircraft apparently got too close to an American warship docked in Melbourne. My grandpa told me many times about dragging my Grandma and the kids into their air raid shelter, as pieces of flak rained over Melbourne, and punched holes through people’s roofs.

Those days of isolation and relative safety are long gone. Nowadays, for good or ill, the internet invites global influencers and all the worlds troubles into homes and schools everywhere.

Given access via the internet, does it make a difference whether foreign climate fanatics visit Australia in person to spread their poison?

I believe the lack of in person contact likely makes things worse. If Australian greens could see their climate heroes up close, they would have more of an opportunity to notice they don’t walk on water, that they are human beings with human failings.

I believe Aussie obsession with climate activism is likely made worse, because our homegrown Gretas and Innes FitzGeralds are trying to live up to mythical ideals, rather than interacting with flawed human leaders whom they have met in person.

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January 27, 2023 at 12:26AM