Editorial comment ///

The recent OTC conference drew over 66,000 attendees—the biggest oilfield event in North America, perhaps the world. Those who stick it out through Thursday are often treated to something a little different; this year it was Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, or OTEC. I last wrote about OTEC in this column (June 2008), so this is in part an update, as well as a report on the special OTC session. I used the word “dreams” in the title, in part to acknowledge those who think that an abundant energy source is unachievable, at least in practical or economic terms. That is regrettable because it is not true, certainly not with OTEC.

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