S se puede is a rallying cry that galvanized generations of American Latinos to climb the ladders of power in industry, science, and government. Nathalie Rayes embodies the spirit of yes, it can be done, and, as the nominated United States Ambassador Extraordinary Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Croatia, she is a worthy standard bearer to deliver that unique American message of optimism and grit to the world.
In my capacity as Chair of the Board of CPS Energy, I have had the honor of working closely with Nathalie and can attest to her exceptional character. Nathalies story is quintessentially American an immigrant of immense intelligence, talent, and drive who eschews fame and fortune in favor of serving the United States. Community, Service, and Patriotism. The qualities that define Nathalie also make her the right choice to represent the United States abroad.
As a minority leader in the energy industry, it is gratifying to see another Latina leader rise to the top of her field. If confirmed, Nathalie is poised to lead a critical diplomatic mission in Croatia. Putins brutal invasion of Ukraine has destabilized energy markets around the world and made Eastern Europe the frontline for a new era of energy warfare. Nathalies nomination presents a unique opportunity for the United States and Croatia to collaborate in diversifying and hardening the Croatian energy sector. Energy diplomacy will be an essential tool in defeating energy warfare.
In 2021, Croatia launched the Krk LNG terminal, replacing Russian gas on Croatias domestic market with largely U.S. LNG. Croatia is working to double Krks capacity to 6.1 billion cubic meters, which would facilitate exports throughout the Balkans including to Slovenia, Hungary, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. With the support of the United States, Croatia can be a leading clean energy exporter to the region, a partnership that could ultimately benefit both nations.
Texas could be a resource to Croatia as it works to secure its energy economy. Our states rich history in natural gas is respected around the globe, but the pioneering work of the renewables sector in Texas could be invaluable to the Croatian energy industry. In the face of Russian aggression, Nathalie promises to be an American envoy in Croatia that can remind our allies in Europe that energy independence is not a lost cause yes, it can be done!
I wholeheartedly celebrate Nathalie Rayes nomination and eagerly anticipate the Senates confirmation of her as the next American Ambassador to Croatia. Through her leadership, we have an opportunity to foster a robust partnership between the United States and Croatia, leveraging energy diplomacy to ensure a diversified and fortified energy sector. Let us embrace this moment and reaffirm that yes, it can be done when it comes to achieving energy independence and global collaboration.
Webhead CEO – CPS Energy Chairman
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