The Future of Energy

Atanu Dey has a fascinating discussion in his inimitable style. Here is how it begins:

Fossil fuel is dead, declared CJ.

CJ likes to make those kinds of superficially profound statements. We were meeting after a long time. I was in Delhi for a conference and caught up with CJ at the Taj Mansingh Hotel coffee shop. We were discussing the spike in the gas prices.

Dead or not, seventy dollars a barrel for crude was bad news for India considering that India imports about half of its energy needs. Will slow down the economy a bit, wont it? I said.

CJ is a contrarian. Never seen him see an issue the same way that prevailing wisdom indicates. You can count on him to prepare to make hay when the clouds come rolling in.

I think it is a great deal of luck that oil is peaking, he said. That is one of the best things that has happened lately. It is good for the world, and it is going to be excellent for India. The only guys who stand to lose are the bad guys.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.