Toby Rice is having a moment.

The 40-year-old chief executive of US gas producer EQT Corporation has long been making a case for natural gas that seems appropriate for these energy security-conscious and environmentally aware days.

Now the self-described “people’s champion of natural gas” is conscious not to miss an opportunity to spread the word.

“If you look back on the last 12 months — what did we learn in 2022? We learned that energy security matters, and that without energy security, you cannot transition,” Rice tells Upstream, hours before he is scheduled to take the stage at an industry gathering in Italy.