Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg visited on Tuesday the second largest oil-producing state in the United States, South Dakota. The touring part included insights into the energy industry and an unrestrictive number of questions to employees about fracking, safety, and automation.
Mark Zuckerberg Chose South Dakota as His Next Stop in His Project “Year of Travel Challenge”
North Dakota deals with almost 1.1 million barrels of oil every day which makes it one of the most influential parties in the energy market. The state was part of Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to visit 50 states in a year and learn about the economy and community there. This project was part of his New Year’s resolutions and was entitled “Year of Travel Challenge.” As South Dakota is known for mostly one practice only, the young CEO chose a drilling rig as his primary target.
The 33-year-old founder of Facebook has been backing the development of clean energy for a long time now. However, he wanted to learn about those members of a community that depends on oil and natural gas production. This time, Mark got to understand their view of point as well, especially those arguments that make them oppose additional regulations in their domain.
Zuckerberg Learned More about the Country’s Energy Industry
On Wednesday, Zuckerberg published a post that tackles the things he saw and heard during his touring. First of all, he makes it clear that almost everyone at the rig knows facts about climate change. On the other hand, they can’t but feel proud of what they accomplish for their community. They are the ones who send warmth to people’s homes and help them enjoy an easier life thanks to electricity.
Zuckerberg spent a total of two hours with on-site workers to learn more about the technological advancements that cut production time in half. Afterward, Zuckerberg organized a meeting where the most popular topics regarded housing and education. Everyone was invited except politicians.
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