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Ironic and encouraging

And that’s despite this administration doing everything in its power to impede this:

Hydrocarbon trade between the Middle East and the United States has historically been something of a one-way street, as petrostates have made billions selling off their prodigious oil reserves and Qatar has solidified its position as the world’s largest exporter of liquified natural gas (LNG). But the American shale revolution is shaking up the status quo, and two recent shipments of LNG have recently punctuated that shift. . . .

A decade ago, the United States was busy building massive, costly LNG import facilities along its Gulf Coast. What a difference ten years and an energy revolution can make, as those import projects have been idled in favor of export terminals, where workers are chilling America’s substantial stores of shale gas into liquid form and sending them off to ports around the world. The first shipment went to Brazil, but since then cargoes have made their way to Europe and, now, the Middle East.

Like its oil counterpart, the global LNG market is well supplied at the moment, with Qatar and Australia already exporting larger and larger volumes while the United States looks to become a major player in the coming years as more export terminals come online. It’s a buyer’s market, too, as prices have steadily come down both as a result of contracts that have included linkages to oil prices (which are today less than half of what they were two years ago) as well as sluggish demand coupled with surging supplies.

Selling LNG to Kuwait and Dubai won’t suddenly make the Middle East beholden to U.S. suppliers, but it does signal an important and ongoing change in global energy dynamics. And, as more Middle Eastern countries look to derive less of their electricity from costly and relatively inefficient oil-fired power plants, LNG demand should rise in the region. If and when that happens, there will be plenty of producers here in the United States willing to step up and subvert the traditional energy flows between the Middle East and America.

Capitalism, risk taking and innovation are the reason this is happening.  Government was an impediment because government was sure it had a better way, despite the evidence to the contrary.

Government picking the “winners and losers” in an economic situation is simply another form of socialist tyranny, where it acts as though it is the owner of the means of production and rewards the industries it backs while finding ways to punish those in disfavor.  Thankfully, at least in this case, government – specifically the Obama administration – has been out maneuvered by the shale industry and it’s favored industries have all but gone bust.

More irony – the administration tries at every opportunity to take credit for the hydrocarbon boom in the US.


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8 Responses to Ironic and encouraging

  • “the hydrocarbon boom in the US.”

    They’re talking about Warren Buffet’s Burlington Northern boom in moving Canadian tar sands oil via rail.

  • Would this be a good time to talk about Texit…???

    • I’ve been making chevaux-de-frise for just such an occasion.

      Freeze a Yankee, Drive 75!

      • Drive 75…which is wonderfully legal in much of Texas. And that means 80+ is the norm…!!!

        • I was on SH-130 on Saturday headed for Lockhart for some brisket.

          Posted at 85 (not that “She Who Must Be Obeyed” would let me go at that speed, sigh…..)

          God Bless Texas and good BBQ.

          • Other states have good BBQ (and chili). I will willingly forego Texas. My wife has kin there of whom I am very fond(?). They are dead to me. Turn down the thermostat and I may reconsider. I once spent a few days in Beaumont. It seemed like a month. The feature attraction was a house built in 1906. Unfortunately I missed the world’s third largest fire hydrant. Poor Davy Crockett, he wound up in hell anyway.

          • Well, ya know, we like it hot enough that you can start doing brisket without having to put it in the smoker.
            BBQ – I’ll agree to that, different places like different styles. KC, North Carolina, Memphis – I found all of them to be good ( I kinda like to eat ).
            I just prefer the local style over the others.

            Can’t say I’ve been to Beaumont, but I’ve only been here 30 years and there’s still a lot of ground to cover before I make the final move next to Phil Sheridan’s property in hell.

  • The same brown shirt who’s wants your guns, surrounds himself with them.
    The same commie who wants to redistribute you money, is rich beyond all reasonable (or legal) explanation. And filed court document so you can’t find out until he’s been dead for 50 years.
    The same racist who tells you that you’re one, can’t stop himself from inciting more racism.
    The same dictator who claims he’s a Constitutional Law Expert, does everything to circumvent Constitutional Law and Congressional oversight.

    So why is anyone surprised the emperor wears no clothes when it comes to anything else under the sun?
    Barry Mom-Jeans is one of those people who simply can’t stop lying, it’s his DNA, he’s a Progressive.