March 29th, 2017
For years, I have worked with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), providing advice to developing countries on oil and natural gas issues. The connection goes back some 46 years.
It began when I was recruited into a division of the DOS Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR), initially involving insertion into the Vietnam War theater of operations as a field counter-intelligence officer.
That deployment resulted in the first of my three Presidential Intelligence Awards and launched more than two decades of active service in the intelligence community. Eventually, most of the more recent work has ended up dovetailing into matters related to the geopolitics of energy.
As a result, I have traveled to a number of countries over the years to work with officials on establishing energy policies and practices.
On occasion, that’s involved closing some loops from my past. Take the latest example: Vietnam…
March 21st, 2017
Occasionally, something crosses my desk that brings me back to my very early years, the ones in which theoretical physics was just about the only thing I thought about (aside from playing baseball).
I had a professor then that would comment on how important pure science was, even though more research money flowed into applied matters.
He used to say: “Pure science can teach us about the origins of the universe. But unless you can turn that into developing a quicker-drying paint, there is unlikely to be much market interest in it.”
However, over my years in the energy sector, I’ve seen that the two worlds sometimes come very close together.
And they’re about to do just that again. Because researchers have come up with a revolutionary – and cheap – new way to fuel cars.
Here’s what you need to know…