Oil & Energy Investor by Dr. Kent Moors

WWII-Era Energy Ingenuity Was Just the Beginning

by | published May 11th, 2019

I’m firmly of the belief that those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

But those that do learn from history are doomed to watch others to repeat it.

Despite that, I’m an avid student of history. It’s served me well throughout my career, not to mention that I find learning about the past incredibly interesting.

Longtime Oil & Energy Investor readers will know that I spend much of my adult life working counterintelligence for the U.S. government during the Cold War.

Suffice it to say that I know more about the Cold War than anyone really should.

However, it’s what came before the Cold War that I’d like to discuss today.

That, of course, is World War II.

Often what comes to mind when discussing WWII are fighter planes, the London Blitz, the Russian Front, Little Boy and Fat Man, or Pearl Harbor.

But many people tend to overlook the small, but significant, details that came about behind the scenes.

These are things like the faux British Major Martin as part of Operation Mincemeat, General Rommel celebrating his wife’s birthday conveniently on the morning of the D-Day invasions, or Hitler’s refusal to withdraw troops from Stalingrad.

Today, however, I’d like to talk about a seemingly insignificant detail of the defeat of Germany that is closer to my area of interest:

Oil.

What My New Refrigerator Is Saying about U.S.-Iranian Policy

by | published May 10th, 2019

Living twenty-seven floors up on the beach has its advantages.

We always have a nice breeze off the Atlantic, on a clear day can see all the way down the coast to Miami, have the entire penthouse floor to ourselves, along with some very nice peace and quiet.

But it does have its drawbacks.

One is getting things way up to our place. Like a new huge refrigerator.

Earlier this week, two poor fellows were sent to deliver an 1100-pound Sub-Zero. It didn’t go so well. Before deciding that they could not wedge it out onto our private foyer from the elevator and had to bring it back to the warehouse, the guys managed to drop it. Twice.

The shorter of the two also ended up pinning himself under the fridge in the corner of the elevator on the way back down. So, we are now in negotiations on what will replace the rejected unit. I made a point of telling the appliance manager that he really needed to have a strategy in place behind merely hoping for the best when delivering such huge pieces.

In such situations, “You need to have a Plan B,” I told him.

Well, by the end of the week, I was applying that comment to another matter entirely, one far more serious.

Because in the intensifying acrimony between the U.S. and Iran, somebody is going to need a Plan B