Why don’t we use open source software development techniques in the energy industry? There’s an easy answer to that, of course. The current structure of competition is so heavily biased towards zero-sum game conceptions, between companies and between the corporate sector and host governments, that it would be hard to make happen. Ghana, or Yemen, more »
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Suppose you've won the policy argument and even managed to persuade a donor to put her money down while simultaneously managing an incomprehending and at times openly hostile public opinion and media. Suppose also it all happened: terms of reference were set, a bid process launched and a reputable exploration company won the bid and acquired the new data (in this scenario across 20,000 square kilometres of open water, which, in that helpful way that broadcasters always do during the Olympic flag ceremony, we're going to say is the size of Slovenia). Suppose also the seismic shows as strongly as possible that there are sizeable “shows” of oil and maybe also gas.