This group brings together those who are interested in topics around oil and gas exploration, drilling, refining, and processing.

Post

DITCH Oil & GAS TODAY!

image credit: Rockefeller
Andy Wood's picture
Subsurface Manager CeraPhi Energy

A Cornish, vegetarian eco-warrior with extensive experience in Upstream Oil &Gas, working in the Geothermal Industry where I apply my 30 + years of O&G learning to Advanced Geothermal...

  • Member since 2021
  • 3 items added with 1,109 views
  • Dec 2, 2021
  • 628 views

DITCH Oil & GAS TODAY! LET THE NEXT GENERATION OF POLITICIANS – and the citizens of the world – DEAL WITH THE FALLOUT.

I’M A FANATICAL ENVIRONMENTALIST with an O&G BACKGROUND. I HOPE TO ALSO COME ACROSS AS A PRAGMATIST.

My environmental brain tells me it’s great we are moving away from O&G. My pragmatic brain says slow down!

Some of the political manoeuvring following COP26 is ill-informed, some is jumping on the bandwagon to gain votes, while other decisions are just plain stupid.

I’m sceptical about political decision making. Too many of our representatives are career politicians with no grasp of business processes or societal needs.

The recent decision to oppose the Cambo Field project West of Shetland is the wrong message. This action says, ‘WE’RE READY’. In fact, the U.K. government and the other 190+ national governments of the world are far from ready to ditch Hydrocarbons.

Knee jerk rhetoric and policy as part of a point scoring process to be re-elected is selfish and dangerous.

YES! DANGEROUS! How can talk of cancelling an offshore U.K. oil field be dangerous? Well, it sets a precedent. After a while there are no new fields being sanctioned.

When that happens our hydrocarbon reserve runs low. O&G prices skyrocket. Everything that requires O&G in its production process, like Greenpeace inflatable boats, Extinction Rebellion banners and face paints, Greta Thunberg’s oilskin coat and Tesla cars (for example) become even more expensive, even unaffordable. Businesses reliant on hydrocarbon products go bust because profit margins disappear.

It’s not just Ferrari’s that need O&G, it’s also required by Medical Syringes, Respirators, X-Ray Machines, Protective Clothing, Aspirin, Dentures, Lipstick, Toiletries, Solar Panels & Wind Turbines……………………….

My environmental side says that’s great because environmentally friendly products will have to be developed and manufactured to replace the mass-produced hydrocarbon products. But my inner pragmatist is telling me this will be a disaster if it happens too rapidly as we’ll suffer global shortages of existential products.

We need time to prepare.

Instead of banning O&G development, governments should be prioritising and sponsoring the development of environmentally responsible replacement products and technologies which do not require hydrocarbon.

Why are there no industrial scale hydrocarbon replacement funds with associated schools, universities and sponsored start-up businesses?

IT IS NOT TIME TO DESTROY THE OIL BUSINESS. IT’S TIME TO DESIGN & BUILD REPLACEMENTS. Then we can slowly 'transition' from O&G.

We need politicians with a green agenda and a pragmatic mind.

Andy Wood's picture
Thank Andy for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member
Discussions
Spell checking: Press the CTRL or COMMAND key then click on the underlined misspelled word.

No discussions yet. Start a discussion below.

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »