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As a 30 year veteran of the energy industry specializing in Energy Security and Energy Economics, Dr. Richard Norris has some unique insights, views and opinions about current global developments across engineering research, oil and gas operations.

Houston, we have a problem

Houston, we have a problem

Houston, we have a problem... actually we have two problems Texas has massive power outages as an "unprecedented" polar vortex hits, and we just can't agree on what to conclude from this event. The current unfortunate (and I assume uncomfortable) situation in Texas...

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Energy and Viruses: lessons from Covid ?

Energy and Viruses: lessons from Covid ?

PART 1 – Selfless vs Selfish It has been fashionable to look for equivalences between the Covid pandemic and the climate crisis. These have often had the form of: Covid is a global problem, the virus doesn’t respect national borders, and coordinated multilateral...

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Primary Energy and Exergy

Primary Energy and Exergy

TL;DR It has been common to represent global energy usage in terms of Primary Energy - that is the energy potential of the various sources. However, this can be easily criticized because not all energy is equal and what we really want to understand is the "Useful...

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CGAI – Energy Security Podcast

CGAI – Energy Security Podcast

Peak Oil Demand or "Peak Demand" has been much in the news recently as some major oil companies bend to stakeholder pressure and embrace the energy transition. I got the opportuniyu to discuss peak Demand in terms of perception vs reality with the Canadian Global...

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NATO association of Canada

NATO association of Canada

The webinar focuses on what energy security means to different people and how this plays into policy. Participants will discuss the physical security and cyber-security of installations as well as the security of energy supply and the security of trade routes....

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Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On

Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On

It is normal to want to live in harmony with nature and the unrelenting negative news about climate and CO2 and energy speaks to this. Exciting examples of how things are being done create expectations about how the system should change but also create exasperation...

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The Myth of Utopia – GSL

The Myth of Utopia – GSL

I had the great honour of speaking (virtually) to the venerable Geological Society of London yesterday on the subject of what the transition to low-carbon energy might mean to the economy and to society as a whole. The video is available via the Geological Society and...

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Every Blessing Ignored …

Canada's global role in Energy Security Canada is blessed with abundant natural resources, Europe has hardly any. Europe was until yesterday obsessed with carbon emissions and is now learning the hard way about the importance of energy security, food security and...

Houston, we have a problem

Houston, we have a problem... actually we have two problems Texas has massive power outages as an "unprecedented" polar vortex hits, and we just can't agree on what to conclude from this event. The current unfortunate (and I assume uncomfortable) situation in Texas...

50% Renewables: The Good the Bad and the Average

Three facts about wind generation of electricity in the UK: (1) Headlines exclaim that the UK has beaten its own record and produced 55% of its demand from renewables alone. (2) Similar headlines (here and here) boast of the average contribution of renewable power...

In the Court of King Crimson: lessons from Covid – Part 2

According to the author Stephen King, the Crimson King was “the orchestrator of chaos and decay” – and so it is with many faceless corporations: Big Tobacco, Big Oil, Big Pharma and now maybe Big Tech.  To be sure the “Big” ones have some extremely bad history, lead...

Energy and Viruses: lessons from Covid ?

PART 1 – Selfless vs Selfish It has been fashionable to look for equivalences between the Covid pandemic and the climate crisis. These have often had the form of: Covid is a global problem, the virus doesn’t respect national borders, and coordinated multilateral...

Primary Energy and Exergy

TL;DR It has been common to represent global energy usage in terms of Primary Energy - that is the energy potential of the various sources. However, this can be easily criticized because not all energy is equal and what we really want to understand is the "Useful...

CGAI – Energy Security Podcast

Peak Oil Demand or "Peak Demand" has been much in the news recently as some major oil companies bend to stakeholder pressure and embrace the energy transition. I got the opportuniyu to discuss peak Demand in terms of perception vs reality with the Canadian Global...

NATO association of Canada

The webinar focuses on what energy security means to different people and how this plays into policy. Participants will discuss the physical security and cyber-security of installations as well as the security of energy supply and the security of trade routes....

Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On

It is normal to want to live in harmony with nature and the unrelenting negative news about climate and CO2 and energy speaks to this. Exciting examples of how things are being done create expectations about how the system should change but also create exasperation...

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