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Our high school soccer practices have been great except last Wednesday.
The coach had to remind the boys what it means to be a TEAM. In my motivational minute after practice, I told the story of another team a few years ago that didn’t have as much talent as the current team. We were playing against the number one undefeated high school boys’ team in West Virginia who had more skill and talent than us. Our boys had heart, energy and teamwork.
Our boys made a statement by working and pushing the State’s No.1 Team. Most importantly, they played a better TEAM ball. Our goalkeeper made some remarkable saves. We won 1-0! In the newspaper the next day, the opposing coach made the statement, “They didn’t have a lot of great players but they were a great TEAM.” Some of our boys were upset until I explained how complimented we had been. Talent is a gift that we have or do not have. The ability to work hard and play as a TEAM is a choice we make. In business or in athletics, I always prefer to have an all-star team rather than an all-star team.
Last week I was the featured guest on the Richard Styrett radio show in Toronto, Ontario Canada and around the world via the Internet. Richard’s wife reads this column online and recommended me to her husband as a guest. We did a 30 minute interview during the evening drive. Shale Crescent USA and Ontario have a lot in common. They have manufacturing and petrochemicals. They also have natural gas and some oil, but not as much as Shale Crescent USA. Some of the natural gas liquids from Shale Crescent USA flow north to support the Canadian petrochemical industry in Ontario. Ontario represents almost half of the Canadian population. Just like we are in the middle of 50% of the population of the United States. If there were no international border, Ontario might be part of Shale Crescent USA.
This is not all we have in common with Ontario. Richard said both countries have leaders who are against oil and gas. He mentioned that Joe Biden closed the Keystone XL pipeline that would have brought Canadian oil to Houston. (Canadians are already offering alternatives) Richard also mentioned that President Biden has called on OPEC to increase oil production in order to lower gasoline prices in the United States. I was not aware of this before the interview and read the reports after we were done. I was confused and worried. Why would OPEC voluntarily reduce oil prices since it is their biggest source of income? Why ask OPEC rather than the US oil and gas industry?
The world has changed a lot in the past 10 years. Not everyone, including the President, may be aware of these changes since for over 40 years we were dependent on OPEC for our oil. The United States is today the world’s largest producer of oil. Our reserves may be larger than those in the Middle East.
We could increase US production if it made economic sense and if the regulations and pipelines weren’t a problem. We also have the ability to use our natural gas liquids to make gasoline. Much of our gasoline in Shale Crescent USA comes from Marcellus and Utica liquids, not Texas or OPEC oil.
OPEC must also fracture like everyone else to increase oil production. The difference is that they don’t have to worry about environmental regulations or the release of methane into the atmosphere like American producers do. If climate change is still a problem, the last place to get our oil is OPEC. Once OPEC oil is produced, it will be shipped to the United States on a tanker fueled by cheap dirty bunker fuel thousands of miles to our Gulf Coast where it will be refined and shipped by pipeline, rail and truck to reach consumers around us
One concern expressed by Richard was global supply chains. He commented that the 15 largest container ships create the same pollution as all the cars in the world. Other people are also concerned about the pollution of the oceans. The medium.com site gave the figure that a typical cargo ship has the same amount of pollution as 50 million cars. A simple solution to automobile pollution is to make products here and reduce the number of container ships on our oceans. From research by Shale Crescent USA, we know that the United States has the resources of raw materials, energy, advanced manufacturing, labor and markets to manufacture here and shorten costs. supply chains. Consumers will benefit from a reliable and better supply and perhaps even at a lower cost due to the reduction in transport. Most of this is also true for Canada. Richard called it a reset. What was once can only be better.
We have the unique opportunity to create jobs, economic opportunities and do what others have been talking about for over 30 years, reduce global emissions and make the planet cleaner. Richard commented, “We don’t have a plastic problem, we have a waste problem.” I would add that we have a collection problem. Shale Crescent USA works with three companies who want all of our plastic waste as the raw material for their products. They will create good jobs in the region. We have a lot of plastic. Our challenge is to collect it so that they can use it. We can have the plastics we need and a cleaner world.
My soccer boys over the years have shown me how a TEAM with heart, energy and teamwork can beat a stronger opponent. We don’t have to be the best and the brightest. We don’t need to have all the answers now. We can work together as North Americans for a cleaner, more prosperous world starting with Shale Crescent USA. It will take leadership and a willingness to work for the greater good, setting aside differences. A good start is to buy North America. Everything is possible.
Greg Kozera, [email protected], is the Director of Marketing and Sales for Shale Crescent USA. He is a professional engineer with a master’s degree in environmental engineering with over 40 years of experience in the energy industry. He is the author of four books and numerous published articles.