When a cap is placed over a newly-dug well line, the well is said to be completed. As of tomorrow, my summer’s research into the oil and gas industries of the 1930s and 1940s will also be completed.
Time flies when you spend it with the Oil and Gas Journal; I’m all the way to 1939. Quite simply, there’s a lot of data, and being beholden to library hours does somewhat restrict the quantity of work that can be done, but it’s worth having an air-conditioned work environment this time of year. Anyway, on with the show.
Research conditions have been tough so far. Besides waking up in the A.M. and actually having to be reasonably industrious, the climate is equally challenging; it must be at least 68 degrees in Swem! In all seriousness, it’s been nice to get in the habit of staking out one of the tables in Swem second floor and seeing other researchers pound away at their reading materials.
Hello Summer Researchers!
This is Devin Braun reporting. I got to Williamsburg this past Monday, June 7, and have settled in with all the finest accommodations Ludwell has to offer! To review, my project is evaluating why the U.S. has shifted emphasis between hydrocarbon energy sources (oil, natural gas, and coal) when it has (I’ve found this to be a great introduction at parties!).
My name is Devin Braun, and I’m a rising junior at the College. I am a Government and Environmental Policy double major, so I’m very interested in the future policy course our nation’s energy consumption takes. To do this, one must have a sense of the socio-historical background of our energy consumption and how we’ve gotten to be the society of hydrocarbons that we are. The implications of our hydrocarbon use have linkages to environmental science, sociology, economics, and international politics.