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Energy Today - March 29, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 29, 2013

Chicago Tribune – Energy Security and American Jobs

Editorial: “It's time to approve, at long last, [the Keystone XL] pipeline. And to let the North American energy industry make the most of the opportunity afforded by the mining of shale-oil deposits and the expanded use of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, to produce natural gas and oil. Allow America to draw on its bounty. The economy will benefit. The nation will be more secure and successful. And Americans will go to work.”

Fuel Fix Blog – IHS: Gulf Coast Refineries Good Place for Canadian Crude

The Houston Chronicle’s Jennifer Dlouhy reports on a new study that says there’s a greater economic boost from processing oil sands crude at U.S. refineries instead of first upgrading it in Canada.

Bloomberg – Industry: New Tier 3 Gasoline Rule Could Impact Refiners’ Costs

The EPA’s new Tier 3 gasoline standard could “raise gasoline production costs by as much as 9 cents a gallon” adding to the “tsunami of federal regulations coming out of the EPA that  could put upward pressure on gasoline prices,” API’s Bob Greco says.

National Geographic – Congress’s Affair with Ethanol: Love Gone Wrong?

Dr. Bill Chameides of Duke University takes a look at the reasons for the ethanol “blend wall” and problems with the Renewable Fuel Standard.


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.