People in Washington may believe they’re transforming America. They are wrong. America is being transformed, but it has nothing to do with politics. It’s happening in North Dakota, Texas, the Rust Belt and Silicon Valley.
OIL AND GAS
• By 2016 the United States will surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world’s biggest oil producer and is on track to become energy self-sufficient in two decades. North Dakota and Texas are leading the charge.
• Steel manufacturing in mini-mills is replacing big, antiquated mills using a fraction of the labor and energy cost. Thanks to energy and labor cost advantages, foreign companies are building major new plants in the US.
TECHNOLOGY – 3D PRINTING
• While no one was looking, 3D printing is beginning to revolutionize manufacturing and medicine. GE is making major parts of its jet engines via 3D printing. Medical device manufacturers are developing casts, bones, skin and even lungs using 3D printers.
These developments are creating jobs, transforming our lives and creating an American renaissance. But because they are not in the headlines, few people are even aware that this is where the real American transformation is taking place. There is a very good chance that the 21st Century, not the 20th Century, could be the REAL American Century.