Today I am down in Corpus Christi where tomorrow I’m going to do a tour of the local port and talk with some reporters about a project to dredge the port and expand its capabilities. This is important not just to the Corpus Christi region and not even just to the state of Texas but an important project for the entire United States. As we’ve talked about previously on this show, we know that the U.S. is repositioning itself to be a global competitor in the entire energy market. To do that we need several different pieces of our energy infrastructure to come together. Obviously oil and gas production is key. Transmission through pipelines is important. Refining and petrochemical capabilities are crucial and the ability to move products in and out play just as important role. In Corpus Christi today we see the number one crude oil export facility in the world. If this project is completed, the port will triple its capacity to potentially three million barrels a day of crude exports. Across the world as we see demand increasing to over 100 million barrels a day in key areas like India, China and other third world nations expanding their use of oil and natural gas, our ability to move those products out of the United States into other regions is vital. I’m going to be urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry on with this project and perform this dredging, so that the United States can capitalize on the opportunities coming forward tomorrow. The neat thing about this is that it’s not particularly partisan. Whether someone is Republican or Democrat or never vote at all, generally everyone in the U.S. wants to see our energy infrastructure be strong and to see us be a global competitor when it comes to the way we produce energy. I for one want to see this project and many others like it help elevate the United States across the landscape to see us become the true world market leader.
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Ryan Sitton is a native Texan who grew up in the Irving area. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Ryan founded PinnacleAIS, an engineering and technology company focused on reliability and integrity programs for the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries. He was elected to the Railroad Commission in 2014 to a six-year term. You can read more about Ryan HERE.