Ben Stein is a favorite for many reasons, but especially because of his wonderful mix of humility, dyspepsia and patriotism. Although often cranky, he never comes across as a misanthrope, and he’s always reminding the reader of how fortunate Americans are to live in this country. His latest “Ben Stein’s Diary” in the April American Spectator is full of examples, and given interest around here in energy policy, this passage seemed notable.
I spoke to a group of ultra-powerful oil men and women. All great guys and dolls. I sat next to Ray Hunt, son of H.L. Hunt. Ray is an immensely successful man in oil and gas. I asked him what he was doing lately. He told me, as a matter of factly as if here were talking about his golf game, that he was building the world’s largest LNG plant in Peru. It will liquefy natural gas from a field they found in Peru’s jungles after the gas has been brought from the jungle and transported in an immense new pipline over the Andes.
This is unimaginable. This is an example of risk and gambles these guys and their plans make so I can have gas to heat my pool and my house and fry my eggs. Why aren’t they considered heroes? Why do we criticize them? Why don’t we respect and thank them?
Can you imagine the cojones it takes to put your own money into a project like this, with rebels and headhunters and other dangerous people, plus pythons and jaguars, around? I think this guy and his whole crew deserve medals.
Ben Stein’s Diary is subscription only, so we cannot print the whole thing here, but it’s always worth looking for. Stein does a consistently super job of pointing out the many reasons Americans have to be grateful.
P.S. Oh, yes, for more about Hunt’s LNG project in Peru, please click here.
The next step in developing Peru’s great natural asset is the PERU LNG project, to export gas in excess of local demand to the western seaboard of North America.
The PERU LNG project is a more than $2 billion investment that will take 620 million cubic feet of gas per day, transform it to liquefied natural gas (LNG), and export some 4 million metric tons of it per year.
Where it will be delivered to natural gas terminals in ….uh…well?
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