Sharon Burke explains the Jo Nesbø story at SLATE blog:
Sharon Burke is a senior adviser at New America, where she focuses on resource geopolitics. From 2010 to 2014, she was the assistant secretary of defense for operational energy. She never heard of the cli-fi term before today, but now she has. She wrote back and said "It sounds vaguely dirty!" I tink she was joking. Dirty? Where?