Engaged On Energy

Welcome to this week’s Engaged on Energy.  I’m Rick Whitbeck, and it’s our last segment for 2021.  So let’s talk about some of the things we’ve learned over the last year.


Did you know that in Alaska, one of every four private-sector jobs has a direct or indirect tie to the oil and gas industry, with thousands more employed at mining projects across the Great Land?  Or that in Wyoming, one of every eight jobs comes from energy creation, including extraction activities?


Let’s not forget Alaska’s Permanent Fund, which pays the majority of our state budget and spins off dividends to families across the state on an annual basis. It exists solely because of the success of oil and gas development, coupled with solid investment strategies over the years.


In fact, state governments in both Alaska and Wyoming would have an exceptionally hard time making ends meet without the men and women across both states who toil in harsh and dangerous conditions to drill, mine and deliver energy and its components to market.


As we near the end of 2021 and get ready to turn the page to 2022, each of us should take a minute and consider what our lives would be like without robust, reliable and affordable – especially when compared to the rest of the world – energy and heat.


We could be like Europe, looking at blackouts, staggering energy costs and subservience to other nations for energy solutions.  Or China, with slave labor helping to drive their energy  market.


Thankfully, we aren’t.  And we never should sacrifice our nation’s leadership in the world over a green agenda that is as impractical as it is disingenuous. We can’t sacrifice livelihoods and community stability all in pursuit of an ill-advised political agenda.


As you join with your families to celebrate the Christmas season, let’s also recognize our energy workers.  They may be working during key holidays to keep you safe, warm and comfortable, and they do it with little-to-no fanfare. They did it in 2021, they’ll keep doing it in 2022.


That’ll do it for this week.  Be sure to contact me at rick@powerthefuture.com with comments or suggestions for a future segment.  Thanks for tuning in, and have an energy-filled, peaceful and joyous holiday season, everyone.  We’ll be back in 2022 with more Engaged on Energy.