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Recent articles by David:

The World Will Never Agree to Phase Out Petroleum. And That’s OK

There’s a new divide in climate talks. It’s no longer the gap between rich and poor that matters, but the one between fossil fuel importers and exporters. → Read More

Europe Isn’t Ready for Long-Term Commitment With LNG

Suppliers are happy to sign up new customers at reasonable prices — if they agree to keep buying 15 years from now. → Read More

China’s Industrial Machine Chokes

At a time when the government is touting the potential of the domestic market, all the evidence is that local consumption is moribund. → Read More

Even Central Banks Are Buying Gold for the Zombie Apocalypse

Governments in developing economies are building up their bullion holdings as trust breaks down. → Read More

Climate Change Costs Are Eating Up the Money to Avert It

That won’t change until the rich world treats poorer nations as allies rather than debtors. → Read More

It’s Better to Mine the World’s Rainforests Than Farm Them

Minerals are a highly efficient use of space, and represent a tiny environmental footprint compared to agriculture. → Read More

Athletes Have Found Their Voice: Sponsors Should Beware

Sport and politics have always been uneasy bedfellows — as Adidas found out with the artist formerly known as Kanye West. → Read More

Xi’s Wrong Lesson From ‘Century of Humiliation’

Rising isolationism thanks to Covid Zero will only make the country weaker, as happened in the colonial era the Communists fought to overcome. → Read More

Our Climate’s Future May Be Decided in a Traffic Jam

Perhaps there just isn’t enough space on the road — or hours in the day — to drive any further. → Read More

Xi Jinping Is No Liz Truss When It Comes to Climate Policy

A review of the Chinese leader’s speeches show he’s still a green evangelist. → Read More

America’s Defense of Saudi Arabia Is an Asset, Not a Liability

Having a hand resting on the spigot of the world’s energy flows is a fundamental building block of US global power, and both Washington and Riyadh know it. → Read More

Even a Lula Victory May Not Restore Brazil’s Forests

The presidential hopeful has proved that deforestation can be prevented in the Amazon, but only at the expense of declaring open season elsewhere. → Read More

Peak Oil Has Finally Arrived. No, Really

Those who have called a top in oil may finally be proven right as sharp global rate hikes hurt consumption. → Read More

The Dollar Is On the Rampage: Elements by David Fickling

Welcome to Elements, Bloomberg’s daily energy and commodities newsletter. Financial markets are dominated by the ever-surging US dollar — the pound crashed to an all-time low early this morning — and Bloomberg Opinion’s David Fickling looks at the implications for global commodities markets. Elsewhere, Brent crude dipped below $85 a barrel for the first time since January and German Chancellor… → Read More

We’re Drawing the Wrong Lesson From the Third Energy Crisis

Our consumption of gasoline peaked and entered terminal decline while the world was distracted by the pandemic. → Read More

China’s Steel Saturation Almost Here: Elements by David Fickling

Africa is quickly becoming one of the business world's most supercharged areas, with a burgeoning startup scene, expansive infrastructure projects, and capital pouring in from across the world. In this series, Quicktake Originals takes an in-depth look at the domestic and international projects that are shaping modern Africa, and their implications for the global economy. → Read More

Air Travel Has Almost Recovered. Airlines? Not So Much

The shift away from burning fossil fuels for the sake of in-person meetings has changed the aviation sector, perhaps permanently. → Read More

China Puts Cement Shoes on Metals: Elements by David Fickling

Peak concrete production this year will have knock-on effects throughout the universe of hard commodities. → Read More

The Supply Chain to Beat Climate Change Is Already Being Built

Look at the numbers. The huge increases in fossil fuel prices this year hide the fact that the solar industry is winning the energy transition. → Read More

Passengers Hate Qantas. Shareholders Aren’t Bothered

There’s no one left in a position to challenge the Australian carrier in its home market. That makes for lousy service and great financial results. → Read More