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Here’s our top Energy Headlines for March:
Putin’s Secret Weapon on Energy: an Ex-Morgan Stanley Banker
Russia’s secret weapon on Energy? Finance bros. According to WSJ, Russia is relying on former Morgan Stanley banker Pavel Sorokin, who is now deputy energy minister, to develop new markets for its oil and gas companies amid Western sanctions.
Is Biden about to let us get out financed bro’d by communists? Can we get a deal team from Goldman to Kyiv asap?
Sorokin is part of a group of young technocrats, known as Putin's 'newcomers', who have defied expectations and shown success in navigating sanctions.
When asked about Putin, Sorokin said, “he’s tough at times, sure, but he’s actually less authoritarian than people expect. Honestly, he’s no worse than my MD at Morgan.”
Sorokin has played an influential role in exaggerating the impact of damage to the Russian-controlled pipeline to the Black Sea, helped set fixed prices on Russia's main oil export, and negotiated deals in Africa and the Middle East.
Many pundits are suggesting Sorokin may be the most promising dealmaker to come out of Russia since the Merchant of Death.
Alaska oil drilling protesters disrupt White House climate adviser appearance
Environmental activists disrupted a White House climate adviser's appearance at an event, holding up banners and chanting slogans calling for an end to oil drilling in Alaska in opposition of the recently approved Willow project.
What happened to throwing the soup on art? That didn’t solve everything? Shucks. Maybe the slogans, chanting, and banners will do it.
Reilly Haught, a 23-year-old protestor from West Virginia, told Reuters after the event that the Willow decision and others approving drilling on federal land undermine the climate benefits of the IRA.
At 23 years old, some fear Reilly may be too old to be spearheading the left’s energy policy though. As recent history has demonstrated, most environmental thought leaders peak between the ages of 15-17 (before they inevitably outgrow the intelligence levels of their constituents).
Despite the White House acknowledging the protesters' concerns, Biden confirmed he will be going through with approving the development for drilling.
Thus, an especially long and sad bicycle ride home.
Saudi Aramco Posts Record $161 Billion Profit for 2022
Saudi Arabia’s national oil company reported record annual profit of $161 billion for 2022, the largest ever by an energy firm.
Unfortunately, analysts fear the record profit is still not enough to offset losses stemming from the LIV Golf Tour.
The company also saw its market cap reach $1.9 trillion, making it the 2nd most valuable company in the world behind Apple ($2.4tn)
Least valuable company in the world? Meta Materials (NASDAQ:MMAT)
To showcase its business and tourist hubs, Saudi Arabia also recently announced the creation of a new airline, Riyadh Air.
Tired = Drake buying a bigger private jet
Wired = Saudi Arabia building an entire airline
Best of EFT
First day of bid week looking at April #natgas pricing:
— Paul Phillips (@BlueFlameBlues)
Mar 27, 2023
Someone sent this to me and I love it!
— Tom Loughrey (@TomLoughrey_LFE)
Mar 3, 2023
It’s a vicious cycle #EFT#WTI
— De La Rosa (@Tejanobrown)
Mar 15, 2023
Good afternoon gas rig bears. 😎
— MOAR Drilling (@MOAR_Drilling)
Mar 3, 2023
If the environmental movement was more critical of the giant “holes” associated with wind/solar/batteries, the “holes” would be plugged with innovative solutions.
Instead, we’re surpassing 20 years of pushing delusional Swiss cheese solutions with virtually zero progress.
— NextWave EFT (@NextWaveEFT)
Mar 11, 2023
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