Texas energy drives global progress

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By Will Hurd

Working hard to support our nation’s energy sector is a way of life for Texans. We have consistently been the largest crude oilproducing state, and last year, were responsible for over one-third of all U.S. crude oil production. From the Permian Basin to the Eagle Ford Shale, our state’s booming energy sector puts food on our tables, supports Texas families and keeps our economy strong. But energy production in our backyard is also proving to have broad impacts across the globe and Texas energy is now a viable tool in U.S. foreign policy.

A case could be made that the ripple effect of this helped to influence Saudi Arabia, a country that has relied on oil as its chief source of revenue for decades, to recognize that it must diversify economically and modernize domestically partly due to Western competition. Shortly after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman visited the United States earlier this year to discuss his country’s economic modernization plans, the ban on Saudi women driving and attending sporting events was lifted, and movie theaters opened to the public for the first time in decades. While there are many factors driving Saudi Arabia’s move to diversify their economy, the hardworking Texans who drive their trucks to rural rigs and refineries each morning undoubtedly played a role in these developments.


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