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I’m glad you signed up to receive the Financial Post’s energy newsletter. I want to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about how our latest project evolved.
I’ve spent nearly two decades as a business journalist — covering everything from energy, and mining to the financial markets. I’ve always found that it pays to keep a close eye on the lingo and catchphrases that executives toss around. Nowadays, when I’m reporting, I often hear terms like energy revolution, “closed loop” systems, zero emission targets, the green economy, recycling and upcycling. While the tempo of the news flow is no doubt exciting, I find myself mulling a larger point: Will we be talking about any of this stuff in a couple years? Will anything actually have changed? I’m old enough to remember when every company said “big data” was going to transform the world, and it has in some ways, but not in others.
In journalism, context means everything, and especially so for a topic like energy systems. We’ve seen how the future of oil, gas and coal is so dependent on the price of wind, solar and other renewable power sources. This creates challenges for journalists because on an almost daily basis, we’re seeing governments announce the most dramatic overhauls to their energy policies in decades.
That’s why we created this newsletter to help bring the big picture into focus, delivered once a week in a tidy email. With my colleagues Yadullah Hussain and Geoff Morgan, as well as many other contributors, we’ll spend all week chasing down experts and reporting on the news, and then tell you everything we’ve discovered. We want to dig into the underexplored aspects of this energy transition. We’ll analyze the economic impacts of it all, flag stories that get buried and also profile the characters that are driving all of this.
I can’t wait to start writing!
Journalist, Financial Post