Many can recall the gas lines, oil embargoes, and energy crises of the 1970s that hurt the U.S. consumer and reduced U.S. power.
The Nixon, Ford, and Carter administrations all took their lumps during that period and had to calibrate Middle Eastern and strategic options to that reality.
But because of the pro-market energy policies of President Trump those days are gone.
The president’s championship of fracking and shale has made the U.S. a net exporter of energy going into 2020.
OPEC, especially due to the world oil glut of the past several years, is a shell of its former self.
The International Energy Agency, which is an energy policy organization based in Paris, even predicted in a December statement that the U.S. is on course to become a continual exporter of oil and gas, “On a historic note, in September, the United States momentarily became a net oil exporter. This is a major milestone on its path to becoming a sustained net exporter, which is likely to be late in 2020 or early in 2021.”
The one sour note in this otherwise shiny scenario is the obsession of U.S. Dems with socialist and allegedly “green” policies that would set the energy clock back to the time of the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo.
Costly and non-effective programs like windmill power and carbon credits are a mere mask for the Left’s continual mission to exert as much power as it can over the daily life of the average citizen in a “Watermelon Communist” (green on the outside, red on the inside) fashion.
Typical for this policy mode, windmills cost more to clean and maintain than they save in energy costs. We can also see the public horror that is everyday life in the teeming disease-filled cities of the failed state of California as part of the price paid when polities adopt energy solutions favored by the Left.
Meanwhile, American energy companies like Rime Energy Services are thriving under Trump’s policies, innovating and bringing more efficient, state-of-the-art technologies to an ever expanding U.S. and world energy market—helping the U.S. become the energy power-house of tomorrow.
As the U.S. progresses to a higher level of energy exploration, production, and export, the once mighty hold on the West of the small oil states of the Middle East will lessen with time.
That is good news for the Free World.