Charles A. Kohlhaas
Oil and Gas Executive

Charles A. Kohlhaas is an experienced oil and gas industry executive and consultant with major and independent companies domestically and internationally. He is also a former professor of petroleum engineering at the Colorado School of Mines.

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Charles A. Kohlhaas | July 3, 2024
Two books. Two visions of the world. One influenced American foreign policy for 30 years. The wrong one. In the late 1980s the Iron Curtain was becoming quite rusty. Premier Gorbachev of the Soviet Union confirmed the situation with a speech to the UN on December 7, 1988, that the Soviet Union was releasing the countries of eastern Europe from Soviet control. With that, 1989 became a year in…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | June 7, 2024
I write this on D-Day with the commemorations playing on television. These all note this is a special commemorative time: 80 years since D-Day and probably the last with living veterans in attendance. I have visited the invasion beaches, Pointe du Hoc, and the cemeteries. A cousin’s husband was in the 82nd Airborne. He jumped into that night, fought his way to Germany, and helped liberate…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | May 26, 2024
The front page of yesterday’s Friday’s Wall Street Journal had a picture of a large public TV screen in Beijing showing a satellite image of Taiwan off the coast of mainland China and how the Chinese military is conducting “maneuvers” encircling Taiwan. The headline: China Sends Taiwan Message With Military Drills. This message is not for Taiwan; it is for the US. China has made it clear in…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | May 6, 2024
A basic rule for one in a position of confrontation, whether adversarial negotiation or open conflict, is to try to anticipate what actions an adversary might do, no matter how unconventional, unexpected, or outrageous it might be and figure out how to oppose and nullify each option until no attractive options are available to the adversary. One needs to try to “get in the head” of the adversary…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | April 22, 2024
The Republicans came out of the last mid-term election in control of the House of Representatives, but not the Senate. The Big Red Wave broke far from shore. Their control of the House was a mere four seats. Then, they argued for weeks over who should be Speaker and, after a few months, removed him. A renegade group voted with Democrats and removed their own Speaker. Then, he pouted and resigned…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | April 19, 2024
How much does one need to know to predict what the Fed has to do? Fed-watching and guessing when, if, how much, and how many rate cuts are coming are pervasive in various media and personal discussions with meticulous analysis of CPI, PPI. PDQ and the phases of the moon.  One thing one needs to know: US Government expenditures are up to a $6 billion per day deficit and rising.  A question is…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | April 16, 2024
Suddenly the game changed over the weekend.  Or did it? The Biden Administration vowed strong support for Israel on October 7. Then, it started backing off, making ridiculous demands that Israel cease fire. Only Israel, not Hamas. Then, Iran launched a major attack on Israel with drones and missiles.  Israel defeated this attack with strong help from the US military, as well as help from the UK…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | April 3, 2024
The price of oil is meandering upward. A casual review of forecasts by financial organizations shows a general expectation that it will reach $90 a barrel by the end of the year. A review of the news suggests a certain stability in, and among, oil-producing countries and their customers. But, a closer look reveals a precarious oil market increasingly imperiled by Biden Administration policies:…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | March 15, 2024
In the news this morning: Oil price up; inflation up; 10-year Treasury's yield up; Bitcoin down on an upward trend; Haiti in chaos and Americans there stuck and cannot get out; Biden’s budget trends will add trillions to the government debt in the next decade; Biden blames inflation on big business; another Boeing emergency landing (at LAX-cause not yet clear); polls show an increase of…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | March 6, 2024
The president of the National Education Association (NEA), an American teachers’ union and the largest union in the country, is demanding the Biden Administration force Israel to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza. The NEA is also demanding Hamas agree to a ceasefire that Hamas has clearly and repeatedly rejected. A one-way ceasefire is a surrender. Israel cannot agree to that.  The NEA previously…