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Posts Tagged ‘oil’

Is honest work really a virtue?

By Jim Whitt Years ago while on a speaking tour in Asia I flew into Jakarta, Indonesia. As I exited the airport I was mobbed by cab drivers trying to underbid each other for the opportunity to drive me into the city. I held them at bay as best I could when one asked, in very good English, where I was from. I told him I was from the United States. His next question was, “Where in the United States?” I said Oklahoma. His response made me laugh, “Ah, Halliburton!” Travel to an oil or gas field anywhere in the… Read More

March 13th, 2013 at 7:49pm

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Oil and water may not mix but they certainly go together

By Jim Whitt Retired U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal made an interesting point about Iraq in a recent speech: “They have a couple of big advantages — they have water, which for a country like that is a huge value, and of course they’re on a sea of oil.” Note that he placed water ahead of oil when he talked about advantages. Both commodities are valuable but which do you read and hear about in the news? Oil, because it provides the fuel for the internal combustion engine which powers our vehicles. So, the price of gasoline is foremost in… Read More

August 1st, 2011 at 9:32am

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How We Can Create Millions of Jobs and Pump Billions of Dollars into the Economy

By Jim Whitt There are over 600 million passenger cars in the world not to mention a few million planes, trains, buses and trucks. 99% of these modes of transportation are propelled by internal combustion engines which are fueled by our most abundant natural resource – fossil fuel. Yes, there are alternative sources of energy and I’m all for them. In my book, Riding for the Brand: The Power of Purposeful Leadership, I paint a picture of a future where hydrogen powered vehicles are the norm. And I look forward to the day when that happens. But I’m a practical… Read More

June 1st, 2011 at 8:31pm

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