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 | January 18, 2024
Fifty years ago this week, in the middle of the Arab Oil Embargo, I was in Washington trying to convince Congressional representatives, policy makers, and bureaucrats there was no crisis.  As some of you know, at the time I was on the petroleum-engineering faculty of the Colorado School of Mines. My department chairman decided we had a responsibility to tell the government there was no crisis.…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | January 3, 2024
A few nights ago at dinner with friends, a lady asked: “What is the oil business doing?” It is not easy to summarize quickly what a major worldwide industry is doing, but after pondering a moment, I answered: “Waiting.” Reflecting on the news since then gives me the impression everybody is waiting. The whole world seems not quite decided on something, uncommitted, waiting for something. The…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | November 6, 2023
The Israel-Gaza War is having strong effects we did not expect and - so far - not having effects we expected. One of the first results was exposure of the wreckage of the American education system for all to see. Suddenly the success of a 50-year campaign to convert the U.S. school system, top to bottom, into a political weapon cannot be ignored. Concomitant with that are the results of mass…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | October 25, 2023
A wide range of observers who study economic, political, financial, and cultural cycles of the U.S. and the world reached a common conclusion: The various cycles have all converged to a low point during this decade and this convergence will cause maximum disruption. The news over the past few months seems consistent with this conclusion and continues unabated.  It may be debated whether the…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | July 31, 2023
Along with everyone else trying to evaluate the effects of the one-day Russian revolution, China is probably re-thinking its partnership with Russia. Bad Vlad is distracted trying to figure out who his friends and enemies are at home. He just might follow Stalin’s policy: Kill everybody and let God sort them out.  Xi Jinping is a student of history. He refers to the period from the 1840s to the…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | July 5, 2023
After thoroughly antagonizing the Saudis, a longtime ally, President Joe Biden is now trying to renew negotiations with Iran, a long-term Saudi enemy. Biden is willing to release billions of frozen funds to Iran, in order to make some strange deal in which Iran will agree to not quite develop nuclear weapons. This with a long-term, vicious, terrorist enemy. And, for what? Of course, this deal is…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | May 22, 2023
As of last March 30, oil had traded as a commodity on open exchanges for 40 years. Most people do not remember a time when “WTI” oil was not quoted as “the oil price” by news sources in the United States or “Brent” internationally. It was not always so. From the early 1930s to the 1970s, the international oil industry was dominated by seven large, publicly traded, integrated oil companies: five…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | May 4, 2023
More and more “less-developed” countries are responding favorably to China’s political and financial offers of investment, conflict resolution, an alternative financial non-dollar system, and all-around benign, benevolent, Big Brotherhood.  The Chinese pitch is that it will help you by investing in your roads, ports, and resource development. China sells this in the name of trade: they will…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | April 19, 2023
Over the past week headlines noted: A 21-year-old Air National Guardsman leaked top secret military, intelligence, and security documents which exposes U.S. intelligence methods and possibly personnel. This is only the latest in a long string of leaks, losses, and compromises of top secret documents. OPEC+ oil production cuts will probably increase inflation. OPEC agreed to production cuts…
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Charles A. Kohlhaas | April 5, 2023
Over the last month a cascade of news confirmed the consistent incompetence of the Biden Administration and a world power shift.  Banks fail and Clueless Janet gives a speech identifying the main international financial problems as racism, abortion, and climate change. More banks fail and Janet gives another speech saying it was caused by a failure of the regulatory system which she was…