Interview: Professor Stephen Heins, energy columnist and owner, The Word Merchant
On this week’s installment of The Weekly Word with professor Stephen Heins, climate change and environmentalism are discussed.
Heins begins talking about the recent pipeline spills and how pipelines are still the most effecient and safe means fo crude transportation.
The religion of environmentalism is also discussed in The Weekly Word.
Oil and gas operations are commonly found in remote locations far from company headquarters. Now, it's possible to monitor pump operations, collate and analyze seismic data, and track employees around the world from almost anywhere. Whether employees are in the office or in the field, the internet and related applications enable a greater multidirectional flow of information – and control – than ever before.
It's tempting to think of software as just creating the digital counterparts of real-world items such as email versus letters or an Excel spreadsheet versus a ledger. And at a basic level, this is true. After all, the oil and gas industry spends $5 billion each year on paper records which can be managed more inexpensively by digital document software.