By Peter Zeihan
That pan-shaped state above Texas offers much more than just tornados and sports. The Sooner State has done most of the heavy lifting in establishing itself as an agricultural, precision manufacturing, and energy state. All that to say, Oklahoma is not only a leader in the US but globally as well.
Oklahoma is like Texas’ little brother…they do a lot of the same things, but trying to compete with the big dog is pointless. However, that doesn’t mean Oklahoma cannot progress along the value-added chain in preparation for the collapse of globalization.
Oklahoma already has a robust refining industry. It wouldn’t take much to start producing the plastics, housewares, and synthetic rubbers that could face supply chain issues in the coming years. They have all the raw goods; they just need to build out the last step…and some better rail lines wouldn’t hurt either.