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

The mic-drop question posed by the Dallas Geological Society (virtual) luncheon attendee was, “What’s a recent petroleum grad to do?”

Dr. Raymond Franssen had just presented on “The Energy Transition is Here: What to Do?” He replied. “Yeah, good one. Yeah, that’s a really tough one.”

Franssen, a geoscience consultant and former explorer for Shell Oil Co., said, “We’re not always adding the most value by the deep technical knowledge [we have]. Oftentimes, we add the most value by critical thinking. We’re asking the right questions.”

The editorial team’s been consulting the stars and making notes on navigating the “New Energy World.” Whether mankind’s attempts at reversing Earth’s atmosphere works or not, it’s happening.

Pack well. Buckle up. Lift all tray tables. Seats upright. There’s money to be made.

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