Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
Jerry Garcia (via Michael Tobis)
This is a blog about climate change. It’s mostly going to be science here, but I will write about anything that takes my interest, including the economic, political and psychological aspects of climate change.
I am a nearly retired geophysical consultant who has worked for many years in oil and gas exploration, mainly in reflection seismology, hence the title of this blog. After spending many years working to locate hydrocarbons in the subsurface, I was rather late to appreciate how much harder we will have to work to keep additional carbon out of the atmosphere and oceans. I have previously written about my two-stage change of mind on man-made global warming. I live on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada.
Most of my writing has been previously posted at Skeptical Science and I will continue to contribute to that excellent project. Critical Angle is a place to assemble my contributions at Skeptical Science and other blogs, along with some additional posts that don’t fit anywhere else.
My whole career has been as an applied scientist and I have contributed to a handful of research articles, mostly on tectonics and structural geology. But I am not a climate scientist, so don’t take anything I say as fact without first checking my sources. Although I have worked at senior levels in oil companies in many different roles around the world, I am not an expert on energy economics, either.
My last full-time job, about ten years ago, was as Vice President New Ventures for EnCana Corporation, in Ecuador. My task was to find oil to fill a new heavy-oil pipeline that we had built from the Amazon rainforest to the Pacific Ocean. Now I find myself protesting the building of new heavy-oil pipelines from the Canadian Boreal forest to the Pacific Ocean. Reading science papers can change a person.
I welcome feedback, but I will be disabling comments here on any articles recently published at Skeptical Science and I would urge anyone to comment there; your comment will be more widely read and there’s a much better chance of getting a reply there should you have questions. I encourage criticism, but I won’t approve any comments that are abusive or irrelevant.
Thank you for reading!
The header photo is cropped from this picture of Mount Prevost, near Duncan, British Columbia, taken by me at sunset in late summer.
My mugshot was taken by the excellent Jen Holmes.