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Jonathan De La Cerda

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Education

Texas Tech University

Bachelor's degree program
2023 - 2023
  • Majors:
    • Petroleum Engineering
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Oil & Energy

    • Dream career goals:

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      Scout Scholarship
      Winner
      There are numerous challenges the energy industry faces, especially oil and gas. One of the largest challenges is the transition to renewable energy. The issue lies in the complete conversion to clean energy rather than an integration and coexistence with non-renewables such as gas and coal. The expectation is to eliminate oil and gas and depend on renewables solely. The United States is often compared to countries like Germany who obtain significant amounts of energy from renewable sources. The most important factor often overlooked is that Germany designed renewable sources as secondary to non-renewables, this measure being taken to compensate for reliability issues. This reliability is one of the most important qualities our energy sources should have. We depend on energy too much in the modern world to begin having issues with reliability. Modern medicine is heavily reliant on this sufficient supply of energy to simply operate. When evaluating the effects of non-renewables the, media and Congress seem to focus on the negatives. Gas is the cheapest and most reliable source of energy we currently have. Despite this, Congress desires to create legislation eliminating the use of non-renewables. Oil and gas continue to produce energy on a cloudy day whereas solar cannot. Wind turbines depend on wind currents while oil and gas do not. There is no argument that the future should have a system incorporating renewables, but it should not depend on them entirely. One of the challenges the oil and gas industry faces is poor publicity. The BP oil spill of 2010 is one of the most significant tragedies that many think when discussing oil and gas. Most of the public simply saw that a big oil company made a mess and it gave bad publicity for all operators alike. For many years, it was deemed those in the industry did not care for the environment and only desired to make money. Contrary to this, the modern industry contains standards that prove otherwise yet these values are not conveyed well to the public. The reality is that the industry is still recovering from this tragedy and the publicity remains. The ‘green movement’ is another contributor to this poor publicity of oil and gas. Fossil fuels are deemed ‘bad’ and renewables are deemed ‘good’. Numerous college students do not desire to work in oil and gas because of the propaganda that has been relayed. This misinformation is not only conveyed from media outlets but also by the institutions themselves. Universities that offer programs for the oil and gas sector have administrations that discourage students from obtaining degrees in these fields. These future professionals are being driven away due to an increase in propaganda. Students are taught fossil fuels are going to be eradicated and renewables are the future. These factors all contribute to a lack of interest in the oil and gas sector. The energy industry must combat this narrative as it will hinder the industry's growth if not addressed promptly.