Engaged On Energy


Welcome to this week’s Engaged on Energy! I’m Rick Whitbeck.


It is Super Bowl weekend, one of the most-watched, most celebrated Sundays throughout the year. Families and friends will gather to cheer for the Rams or Bengals, or perhaps the halftime show, or even the outstanding creativity in the premiering ads.


Whatever reason yours might be, you’ll want to be thanking America’s energy community this weekend.


Without our energy community, your power might fail during a key fourth-quarter drive, or your Internet might suddenly disconnect during the overtime coin flip.


And without the labors of our oil, gas and mining workers across our nation, we wouldn’t have streaming platforms, 4K big-screen TVs to watch, stoves, microwaves or refrigerators to maintain our snack and beverage intakes at appropriate levels, or even chairs and couches to sit in for many of us.


Speaking of snacks and beverages, think about the trucks, ships and planes that transported them to our local stores. Each and every chip, dip, beer and soda was delivered by a combustion engine using gas or diesel, and not wind or solar.


Every jersey, pennant, flag and hat worn to celebrate the big game is a byproduct of the petroleum industry, as everything has synthetic materials nowdays.


Oh, and SoFi Stadium outside of Los Angeles is ranked as one of the most ‘green’ venues in the NFL, but will still use hundreds of thousands of kilowatts of electricity per hour during the Super Bowl. With worldwide media broadcasting from the site, think of the critical nature of the power grid around the stadium, and the workers who are under the gun this weekend to ensure everything stays online.

I hope this week’s segment gives you a bit more to think about as you watch what should be an amazing matchup between two evenly-matched teams. Go Rams! Go Bengals! Go Energy Workers! Go America! Enjoy the game, everyone!


That’ll do it for this week’s Engaged on Energy. Drop me an email at Rick@PowerTheFuture.com with comments or suggestions for a future segment. Thanks for watching, and have a fantastic, energy-filled week, everyone.