A statement of value

A lesson of modern business is the importance of listening to the customer. For the oil and gas industry, a lesson of modern politics should be the importance of listening to the enemy.Without doubt, the industry has political enemies. Groups exist whose rhetoric makes clear the aim of moving humanity away from its reliance upon fossil energy. For most of them, the reasons are environmental: surface disturbances from drilling and production, for example, or emissions from the combustion of hydrocarbons. The most extreme groups seem motivated by little more than fundamental prejudice against oil and, to a lesser degree perhaps, natural gas.Widespread antagonismAntagonism toward oil and gas...

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