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Energy Today - March 20, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 20, 2013

Forbes – The Texas Shale Oil & Gas Revolution

Eagle Ford Shale is “a blessing for Texas and Texans” writes Forbes contributor David Blackmon – highlighting the fact that the Lone Star state produces 30 percent of U.S. natural gas and roughly 30 percent of U.S. oil.

New York Times – A Model for Reducing Emissions

Columnist Eduardo Porter explains how the United States is a “model for reducing carbon emissions” – with a significant role being played by increased natural gas development and use. He points out that the U.S. had perhaps the biggest emissions decline among industrial countries since 2007.

Reuters – Republicans Press U.S. Energy Department on Natgas Exports

Republicans on the House Oversight Subcommittee on Energy pushed for the government to “expeditiously” consider a number of pending natural gas export applications during a hearing yesterday. An Energy Department official said officials are continuing to “wade through nearly 200,000 public comments” in response to its report on the impact of exports.

The Washington Times – Unlocking the Keystone Pipeline

An editorial highlights reasons for approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The paper says that if the president doesn't act on Keystone XL, then Congress should step in and OK the project.

NPR – Fracking Rule Delays Rile New Yorkers

In this report, frustration is apparent in New York farmers and landowners with overdue state rules on hydro-fracking for natural gas. They see leasing their property for energy development as a chance to save farms and create jobs.

The Washington Times – The Earth-Shaking Promise of Shale

The administration should take every step possible to encourage the shale revolution both here and abroad, writes J. Winston Porter, former EPA assistant administrator. Porter notes the economic benefits and the foreign-policy implications of increased development of hydraulic fracturing around the world.


Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.