Our resources are bigger than all of us

I have always heard, “To those much has been given, much is expected.”

As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. We have personal freedom and economic opportunity. Very few countries in the world can say that. Even our poor are wealthy by global standards. We have fertile soil to grow food. We have abundant natural resources to provide us with energy and raw materials. In the last 40 years, we have cleaned up our air, water and soil. We have lowered our CO2 emissions by 14 percent while the world is up 19 percent. Our environment is one of the cleanest in the world. We are creating new high-wage jobs. Our economy is the strongest in the world and is growing.

Our country has also given much to the world. We have a history of feeding the hungry and helping those in need. Our military has defended people around the world. Individual Americans volunteer to help those in need around the world in health care, as teachers, builders and in many other capacities. We have friends who are doctors working as missionaries and helping the needy in Tanzania, Africa. Our abundant natural gas is being transported to Asia, where it is cleaning their air and saving children’s lives. Americans are sharing their time, talent and treasure with the world.

This past week, Shale Crescent USA was in Morgantown at the West Virginia Manufacturer’s Association Marcellus to Manufacturing Conference. Based on the prospects we met and the high-level meetings we had, it was another excellent conference. At San Antonio and the World Petrochemical Conference we had high level prospect meetings and a standing room only luncheon with some of the largest companies on the planet.

It is humbling. Looking back, Shale Crescent USA has come from oblivion to where we are today in less than three years. The Shale Crescent USA brand is recognized in the petrochemical industry. Rush Limbaugh used the brand on air during a show. The U.S. Department of Energy referred to the Shale Crescent USA study in one of its papers. Global publications like Yahoo Finance are calling Shale Crescent USA “A new petrochemical hub.” Publications like Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Chemical Week and New York Daily News are writing about us. We have been interviewed on nationally syndicated radio programs and on Bloomberg TV.

The work is just getting started. Local companies are expanding creating jobs. We are getting commitments to the region. These companies are working with Ohio and West Virginia on sites. Everyone will feel better when construction starts on major projects and people can see more jobs.

We have learned that the Shale Crescent USA region is unique. We have abundant water and an experienced work force. We are the only place in the world where a company can literally build on top of the energy and feedstock and in the center of customers. Over half of U.S. population, 70 percent of polyethylene demand and 77 percent polypropylene demand are within a day’s drive. The Gulf Coast needs to have its energy and feedstocks shipped in and ships its finished product out to places like Shale Crescent USA. The Middle East and Russia ship out energy and finished products since they have few local markets.

As our region grows and develops, we will help the world. Our natural gas is already cleaning up the air in Asia. Increasing world population and a growing middle class in China, India and developing counties are increasing demand for petrochemicals and products. Plants built here will be the cleanest and most efficient in the world and will operate under U.S. environmental law.

The 10 cities with the dirtiest air are in Asia. We learned at WPC that 90 percent of the plastic going into the world’s oceans is coming from 10 rivers, all in Asia and Africa. They are also continuing to increase CO2 emissions. Unless we can help Asia and Africa, global pollution will continue to increase.

The people who proposed the Green New Deal are clueless on how to help the world. By eliminating all fossil fuels and nuclear power they have eliminated all backups for renewables including batteries since they come from petrochemicals. Under this plan we can only expect electricity during the day when the sun is shining and wind is blowing. In West Virginia and Ohio, we will be cutting down trees to keep warm. This plan would destroy the U.S. economy and our ability to help the world.

The world doesn’t just need our energy and products. It needs our leadership. The “antis” are good at using the court system, protests and intimidation to delay or stop energy projects. This won’t work in Russia, Asia or the Middle East. The “antis” have no idea how to help countries clean up and keep lights on.

Our country and our region can show the world how we can have manufacturing, energy development, a thriving economy, good jobs and clean air and water. Leadership isn’t about intimidation, lies, command and control. It is about influence and example. It is about having a common goal that everyone agrees on. It is about creativity and teamwork.

We have been blessed with much. Much is expected of us. I don’t believe it is an accident we live on top of the largest natural gas field in the world. I believe we have a moral responsibility to develop it and use it to bring facilities and jobs here. We can give people hope and help the world. This is a generational opportunity. Working together we can achieve it.

Thoughts to ponder.

Kozera, gkozera@shalecrescentusa.com is the director of marketing and sales for Shale Crescent USA. He is a professional engineer who has over 40 years of experience in the energy industry. He holds a master’s in environmental engineering and is the author of four books and numerous published articles.

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