Out of fairness to TEC, Mr McDermott, and Siemens, I think it's not exactly on point to suggest that Shell is essentially pimping out cronies to write stuff here. The Future Energy Fellows program is a fairly legit idea to try to engage young/er, involved people in the discussion. I support that idea, and even, generally speaking, how TEC goes about fostering discussion here. It is mostly laissez faire - there posts from APA propaganda outlets as well as super liberal greenies, but that's more or less how it goes in any field ot study, especially when there is supposedly serious discussion on the internet.
I'm sure Mr McDermott will come into things more so over time, but, I more or less am set to trying to encourage and challenge people, especially my generation, to participate in more debate, discussion, and so on - so I don't find much fault with him. I think this is a good post, if my opinion is of consequence.
There are only so many things and so many ways you can write about things, which is part of the frustration - at least personally. But where else, and how else are we going to talk about things? It's part of the process.