[Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the September 2021 issue of Oil and Gas Investor magazine.]

A brief, dreamlike haze settled into early 2021 as though somehow the pandemic had finally been broken and, though not routed, at least on its heels.

Enter the second quarter of 2021, when the long warned about COVID-19 Delta variant started to wreak havoc, forcing the cancelations of oil and gas industry events.

Isn’t it a pity that dumb never takes a holiday?

Essentially there are two problems confronting the world and the pandemic’s Delta variant. One is low rates of vaccination abroad. The other is the near-superstitious resistance here in the U.S. to getting a vaccine. In late August, Houston’s Harris County started to offer $100 to people just to get the shot.

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