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What keeps you awake at night?

A few weeks ago, I wrote about what keeps Executives awake at night. What about the rest of us? Based on my fitness watch not much has kept me awake. I’m averaging over 7 hours of sleep a night since the pandemic. That is up from 5.5 hours a night which has been my norm for years. I’m busy but not as busy. The big change is I’m not traveling much. Working from the home office I can easily wake up at 7:30 for an 8:30 a.m. meeting. Almost all of my meetings are virtual. I’ve gotten so much practice I earned my Virtual Presenters Certification from E-speakers.

During this pandemic, my concerns are far different than they were a year ago. My greatest concern is for my wife and I to stay healthy along with our children and grandchildren. Next, I want to make sure we can eat and pay our bills. In addition, we have a concern for our relatives and friends. My faith has been a big help along with my network of friends. Our church continued doing weekly Bible studies, now virtual. Our NSA Ohio Chapter has been doing weekly “Town Hall” meetings on Zoom that I facilitate. We talk about whatever the group wants. What keeps you awake at night? What are your biggest concerns?

Since mid- March Shale Crescent USA has been a guest on over 40 radio shows and podcasts across the country and internationally. In the last two weeks, we have been on during drive time in Tampa, FL, Denver, CO, Chicago, IL, Breitbart on Sirius XM and First Light heard in all 50 states airing nationally this week on Westwood One. I tell you this only to make a point. Based on what we learned, the major concern of people across the country liberal/conservative, urban or rural is JOBS and THE ECONOMY.

When I was in the hospital following my injury last fall, I got very little sleep. Partly because they wake people up to check vitals or give meds. Mostly because I was powerless. I could not put weight on my legs so I needed help with the bathroom. I wasn’t sure how things were going to work out. After my surgery, when I got to occupational and physical therapy things changed. I had control of my attitude and how hard I worked giving me a say in how fast I recovered. I believe people aren’t as concerned about COVID-19 because they have some control over it. We can avoid traveling to hot spots. We can wear masks. We can social distance. We can wash our hands. We have far less control over jobs and the economy.

On radio, Shale Crescent USA is able to give people hope and actions they can take giving them some control. We can to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. from places like China and create high wage jobs. The U.S.’s advanced manufacturing makes us competitive with the world on labor cost. Our abundant and economical natural gas gives us a distinct advantage. We have what nations like China need, energy and feedstock for manufacturing. China needs to import their feedstock from Russia, OPEC or the U.S. Natural gas is an energy source and feed stock for petrochemicals essential for PPE, prescription drugs, solar panels, automobiles and many other products. The U.S. is also the largest economy in the world. Products made in the U.S. are advantaged because of proximity to consumers.

Within the U.S. the Shale Crescent USA Region is advantaged because of our proximity to major markets, abundant natural gas and natural gas liquids. This is the only place we know of in the world where a company can build on top of their energy and feedstock and in the middle of their customers.

Most people didn’t realize how dependent we were on China for PPE and things like ventilators. Most didn’t realize 80 percent of our prescription drugs are imported. Much of that from China. The pandemic has exposed our weaknesses. Small and midsize companies, like some in our Region, were able to pivot from products in low demand to make things like PPE, hand sanitizer or ventilator parts. We challenge companies to look at what we are importing from China. If they can make it in the U.S., they can probably make it cheaper and take market share from China creating jobs here. In addition to direct manufacturing jobs, each manufacturing jobs creates 7+ additional jobs.

As consumers, we can look at where the products we buy are manufactured and buy US made products. We may find they are actually less expensive. We can ask managers of the big box stores we shop at to buy American. Products manufactured here create US jobs. Those workers pay taxes and spend their money here on products, services, restaurants, etc.

Products made in the U.S. are manufactured under U.S. environmental laws. They are less polluting and have a lower carbon footprint than imported products. For example, China must import their feedstock requiring energy and generating CO2. Products are then shipped to the USA. Unloaded and finally shipped to U.S. consumers sometimes across the country. In Shale Crescent USA, the energy and feedstock are practically under the plant. Consumers are a short drive away reducing pollution and cost.

The advantage of advanced manufacturing, abundant economic natural gas and location close to consumers gives us the generational opportunity to take control of our own destiny and create high wage manufacturing and indirect jobs boosting our economy when we need it most.

We can do our part by buying US made products and encouraging others to do the same. You may even sleep better.

Here is the link to the First Light interview. https://omny.fm/shows/first-light/first-light-08-13-20 The interview starts at 20 minutes into the show.

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Greg Kozera, gkozera@shalecrescentusa.com 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.

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