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Celebrate our Independence and Protect It

Celebrate our Independence and Protect It                                

By Greg Kozera

“Montani Semper Liberi” (“Mountaineers Are Always Free”). We cherish our freedom. Freedom is never free. There is always a price to pay. We celebrated the USA’s independence this past week. Americans had to fight and some died to gain our freedom and to keep our freedom for over 200 years. A special “Thank You” to all of our veterans for their sacrifices.

Our military has always required public support to be successful. My mother told me about World War II. My Dad and her brothers were overseas in the military. Mom said everyone at home did with less fuel and food so our military had more. Gasoline, metals, rubber, paper and plastics were rationed. President Franklin Roosevelt said, “We must out produce them (our enemies) overwhelmingly, so there can be no question of our ability to provide a crushing superiority of equipment in any theatre of the war.” Out produce them America did in a way never seen before. Pre-World War II the USA could produce 3,000 aircraft a year. From 1940 to 1945 the USA produced 300,000 aircraft. We also produced 6,000 ships and 88,000 tanks.

Energy was a big factor in winning World War II and keeping us free. By the end of the War our military had fuel and Germany didn’t. My uncle, who served in Patton’s Army, told me about marching past German tanks that had run out of fuel on his way to Berlin. Even today our military runs primarily on natural gas and oil for its fuel and petrochemicals to manufacture planes, weapon systems and even uniforms.  

The Arab Oil Embargo of the 1970s showed us how vulnerable we were and how dependent we were on OPEC. Every time there was a war or threat of war in the Middle East we saw the price we paid for gasoline in the USA increase almost immediately. We didn’t have a solution. In the early 2000s we couldn’t meet our domestic natural gas demand. Plans were being made to build 16 terminals around the country to bring in natural gas from our “friends” in Russia and OPEC nations. Thanks to the Shale Revolution we never needed them. The few terminals like Cove Point, Maryland that were built have been turned into export terminals for our natural gas.

Russia and OPEC are not happy with us. Thanks to new American horizontal drilling technology the USA is now the leading oil and natural gas producer in the world. Not only were we not a major customer of theirs we became their biggest competitor. The USA was responsible for driving down world oil prices from $120 per barrel to the $60 per barrel range. The US natural gas industry is lowering the price of natural gas globally because of incredible gas production. The Shale Crescent USA now produces more natural gas THAN EVERY COUNTRY ON PLANET EARTH except RUSSIA and the REST of THE USA.

Jobs and economic growth are returning to the Shale Crescent USA. Wages are increasing. People have hope again. Our people are free again to move away or choose to stay here because of the new job growth in our Region.

Even today our freedom is under attack by our enemies like terrorists. It is also under attack by our own people who are ignorant of energy. There are Americans (including some who want to be our next President) working hard to restrict or ban the use of fossil fuels. Maybe they don’t understand that our military runs on oil and gas. Maybe they don’t know that electric cars, cell phones, solar panels and medical equipment like inhalers and epi pens require petrochemicals from natural gas and oil to exist. Maybe they don’t know that the USA has already used natural gas to lower carbon dioxide emissions 14%, more than any other nation. (The rest of the world is UP 19%) US natural gas is lowering air pollution and carbon dioxide in countries like India.

Maybe the anti-fossil fuel people are ignorant of the fact that a 3 MW wind turbine requires 2 tons of rare earth. Electric motors also require rare earths for their magnets. Mining and refining of rare earths is not an environmentally friendly process. We don’t notice because China has 95% of the world’s rare earth production. A shift to renewables would make the USA more dependent on China for energy than we ever were of OPEC. Does this make environmental, economic or national security sense?

Since the 1970s we have watched our manufacturing and petrochemical industry jobs leave the Region because energy was cheaper and more abundant overseas or in the Gulf Coast. Our location in the middle of the customers and on top of abundant natural gas and natural gas liquids has given us the opportunity to create local jobs, a more stable world and a cleaner environment. This is a once in a generation opportunity.

An educated public is our best weapon in this fight. Last Monday (July 1st) I was a guest on the nationally syndicated Jim Bohannon radio show. We talked about energy, jobs, The Green New Deal, the Shale Crescent USA and took calls. It was an incredible opportunity to educate a national audience. You can listen to the hour-long segment by going to…     click on “podcasts” and click on “July 1st”. My interview is the second hour. We all need to do what we can. Do your part. Share the truth. You understand and know what is at stake for our region, our people and our country. Our children and grandchildren’s future and freedom is at stake. 

Thoughts to ponder.

© 2019 Shale Crescent USA

Greg Kozera, is the Director of Marketing and Sales for Shale Crescent USA. He is a professional engineer with a Masters in Environmental Engineering who has over 40 years’ experience in the energy industry. Greg is a leadership expert and the author of four books and numerous published articles.