Was there ever a better time to launch a provocative conversation about our energy future?
Oil prices are smashing records, mining companies and environmental groups are squaring off over the future of coal plants, food is being tied to fuel, the long-dormant nuclear industry is stirring, and renewable forms of energy are growing fastest of all as climate change concerns mount. Change is coming to the energy industry and it is taking many forms.
I am the Washington Post's energy correspondent and I have been focusing on the sprawling intersection of energy and politics. That's led me to write about everything from Kansas coal plants to Kurdish oil contracts, from carbon trading in Europe to horse trading on Capitol Hill, from Gazprom's tactics on gas to OPEC's tactics on oil.
No other industry marshals as much capital, generates as much profit, draws as much public ire, or plays as vital a role in the world economy.
Now the Post is going to expand my mission to open up debates and conversations with readers like you while providing some additional insights and commentary, interviews with leaders of the energy industry and links to other resources. We're looking for comments, arguments, or insights from readers in an animated, yet civil, spirit that will help us all come away with fresh thoughts or understanding about energy.
I bring a variety of experiences to this conversation. I covered the domestic oil and gas industry for The Wall Street Journal in the early 1980s. I visited oil rigs offshore Angola and traveled with oilmen trying to make friends in Sudan. I also lived in Houston for a few weeks. Later I covered Africa for the Journal and then for Business Week.
I have been at the Post since 1989. During that time, I have covered Wall Street, economic policy and diplomatic policy. I was the Post's Beijing correspondent from 1994 to 1998. I also did a stint as deputy editor of the weekly Outlook section.
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