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

Forty years of telling the stories of the oil and gas industry. Imagine the epic tales of bold entrepreneurs, the rise and fall and rise again of volatile commodities, capital raises and capital losses, huge mergers and innumerous small asset carve outs, the exuberant successes and those that failed. We’ve told them all.

Established 1981, Oil and Gas Investor was the industry’s first publication to target the oil and gas business executives and the capital providers funding them. We still do. This month we celebrate those 40 years of journalistic endeavor in a special anniversary issue.

And yet it’s not our intent to look back, but rather to look forward at the coming decades. When Investor launched in 1981, no one could have foretold the story that unfolded over the next 40 years, nor foresaw the landscape that exists today. And it would be foolish to think we know how the next four decades will play out. Remember the specter of peak oil? Now we are to fear peak demand.

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