Oil and Gas 360

Harold Hamm’s recent defense of America’s oil and natural gas industry sounded a lot like the late Boone Pickens and Aubrey McClendon, both of whom where champions of the industry, it’s workers and the independence the shale revolution provided America.

Kudos to Harold Hamm – You sounded like Boone and Aubrey-oil and gas 360

In a letter sent to Elizabeth Warren dated December 18th, Hamm wrote, “Our domestic energy resurgence is making America an energy and economic superpower,” and, “We are keeping hundreds of billions of dollars out of the hands of rogue regimes and corrupt kleptocracies.”

It’s been too long since an oil and gas executive has challenged the political and economic theses of the anti-fossil fuel and anti-capitalist mobs that are pushing extreme ideas like the Green New Deal, day-one fracking bans and the criminal prosecution of oil company executives for – according to Bernie Sanders – “destroying the planet” and “criminal activity”.

Not to belabor the point, but on August 22nd Bernie Sanders was very specific – and tweeted, “Fossil fuel executives should be criminally prosecuted for the destruction they have knowingly caused” and advocated again at the November 20th Democratic debate for prosecuting fossil fuel executives.

Bernie is serious.

I suspect that Harold Hamm finally spoke up because he had heard enough and couldn’t take it anymore.  Maybe he was simply defending the integrity of the hard-working women and men that his company employs.  Maybe he doesn’t want to go to jail.

Regardless, it was refreshing to hear.

To be honest, it gets depressing going to work in the oil and gas industry and being assaulted and vilified by politicians, global elitists, celebrities, dubious academics and Greta Thunberg every day.

It would be nice to have a vocal champion again for America’s clean, affordable, domestic energy.  Harold Hamm was an outstanding keynote speaker at EnerCom’s The Oil & Gas Conference® 2019 and I hope we hear him publicly defend the industry more regularly.

To be honest, I thought Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones would become a spokesperson for the industry when he bought Comstock Resources, but so far, he really hasn’t.  All I’m asking is that Jerry Jones consider it – think Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman, three Super Bowls – Jerry Jones and Harold Hamm?

About the Editor – Dan Genovese is a Director at the energy consulting firm EnerCom, Inc. with experience in corporate strategy, investor relations, ESG, government relations and policy.  Mr. Genovese has worked in capital markets and has experience in upstream production and downstream energy demand.  Contact: [email protected]

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