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Energy Today – April 4, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 4, 2013

Forbes The Top Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Oil and Natural Gas Exploration

Ryan Carlyle, a subsea hydraulics engineer, writes that oil accounts for one-third of humanity’s energy supply, is unrivaled in power generation and is fundamental to lifting billions of people out of poverty. Fun fact: If solar power generation doubled every decade for 100 years, it would still be pretty far behind oil today.

Wall Street JournalBeware Tax Reform That Raises Taxes on Capital

Of the ongoing congressional debate over tax reform, Margo Thorning writes  that “Investment, growth and job creation should be the cornerstones of any tax-reform effort.”

LinkedinShale Gas Can Ignite Manufacturing, Lead to Energy Independence

Thanks to expanding unconventional energy production, GE CEO Jeff Immelt announced a new global research center in Oklahoma City focused on “developing ate-of-the-art technologies for the oil and natural gas sector.” 

Reason You Can Love Nature and Still Hate the Tyranny of Environmental Regulations

John Stossel writes that “industry and technology, not regulations, are humanity's greatest contribution to the environment. Leave people their freedom, and they come up with new, smarter, more efficient and thus cleaner ways of doing things.”

The Youngstown Vindicator YSU Students Start Shale Education Group

Thanks to the prominence of hydraulic fracturing in the Buckeye State, students at Youngstown State University are beginning a campus organization targeted at educating students, faculty members and the community on the process of “fracking.” The organization’s efforts also will accompany the College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics’ new natural gas and water resources minor.

The Hill Liquefied Natural Gas: Transforming U.S. into Global Energy Hub

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) pens an op-ed on LNG exports, noting that the “domestic natural gas boom presents the United States with an opportunity to become a global energy player” and that the U.S. “should seize this opportunity and not let it pass by. It’s in the public’s interest.”


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.