More plastics, less land; Quantify shale boom to US growth

The damage caused by the 350 tonnes pf plastic produced every year exceeds the industry’s annual profits. Environmental damage is shifting from an externality to a business cost. Despite being light, cheap and versatile, single-use plastic products are becoming socially unacceptable.

Manufacturing production has been on a rise and the slump that began last year is possibly ending. Energy accounts for nearly 27% of total industrial production, close to it’s all time high, due to growth of shale.