Oil & Energy Investor by Dr. Kent Moors

The Situation Room: The Geopolitical Impact on Energy

by | published July 15th, 2019

Well, it’s been interesting in the energy world recently. And the geopolitical situation is even more interesting.

There are a number of things pertaining to the geopolitical climate these days – in particular, the Persian Gulf – that will have me occupied this week. As always, however, there’s much more than just straight geopolitics to keep me busy.

So, here are the top two situations I’ll be keeping an eye on this week…

What Nature’s (Solved) Mysteries Can Teach Us about an Energy Crisis

by | published July 13th, 2019

For decades, visitors to the Brule River in Judge C. R. Magney State Park in Minnesota were baffled by what became known as Devil’s Kettle.

At one point in its run, the river splits in two. One half rushes over a 50-foot waterfall. The other half flows into a hole… and disappears.

Or rather, that’s how it appears.

This mystery intrigued geologists all over, and for years, tests were performed to see where this Devil’s Kettle flowed. They dropped in things like Ping Pong balls, dyes, and even logs to see if they would turn up.

Everything they dropped into the Kettle vanished.

However, like many things in life, it’s the simplest solution that ends up being correct.

In 2017, they finally figured it out after measuring the water levels of the river before and after the split occurs. The two readings were identical, meaning that Devil’s Kettle simply rejoins the river shortly below the falls, and all the objects dropped into the hole were merely pulverized before they could resurface.

Many of nature’s mysteries have been solved by looking toward the obvious solution.

Take the Bermuda Triangle (also known as Devil’s Triangle… I’m seeing a theme here). For centuries, ships and sailors have disappeared into this mysterious stretch of ocean water, sparking tales of sea monsters, aliens, and paranormal activity.

Until scientists proposed a theory of this particular area being prone to something called rogue waves.

Due to the Triangle’s location in the sea, it’s prone to huge waves that appear very suddenly and unexpectedly – easily sinking a ship caught unawares.

Not to mention the high volume of sea traffic that goes through the area – nearly a third of all privately owned vessels in the U.S. travel through here. Higher numbers means more incidents.

My point is, everything, even nature’s most mysterious phenomena, has a rational explanation or solution.

The same is true for the energy business.