Those of you who read my previous column will know this is my second time talking about this subject in as many issues. I don’t apologize for this. Climate change, social inequality and outer space are the signature issues of our time and therefore subjects which deserve to be at the forefront of our thinking and public discourse. Last issue, I lamented the lack of appreciation for what a hydrocarbon world…

This is a difficult topic. The prosperity of the western world during the past 150 years since oil was first discovered, or rather its uses were first discovered, is truly historic. No other period of time has produced a comparable jump in the standard of …