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Energy Today – April 11, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 11, 2013

New York Post Gov. Cuomo’s Ugly Message to  Businesses

Gov. Andrew Cuomo likes to declare that New York is “open for business,” but his prolonged refusal to OK hydraulic fracturing sends the opposite message,  John Krohn writes in a guest op-ed.

Rockland County TimesExports Grow Our Economy, Lift Ban on Natural Gas

In an op-ed, Margo Thorning writes that “the United States should capitalize on the comparative advantage it has over other countries with natural gas. In fact, respected economic consulting firm NERA recently analyzed LNG exports for the Energy Department and found that across every market scenario, increased exports would benefit the U.S. economy.”

The Tennessean Popular Portrayal of Big Oil Doesn’t Mesh with the Facts

Mike Kimmitt, a 25-year veteran of the oil and natural gas industry, pens an op-ed on the implications of higher industry taxes.  “In every tax return since becoming president, President Obama has claimed generous foreign tax credits on income from the sale of his books…”  Kimmitt writes -- the same deductions “…that are condemned as obscene handouts if claimed by ExxonMobil.”

Forbes How Obama’s New Budget Targets Oil and Natural Gas

The president's budget proposal seeks to raise tax rates on an industry that already pays the highest effective tax rate and "dis-incentivizes drilling on federal lands and is thus likely to reduce federal royalty income," writes the magazine’s Christopher Helman.

Fuel Fix BlogTexas Oil and Natural Gas Jobs Flourished in 2012

This post notes that the oil and natural gas industry employs more than 971,000 people in the U.S. and about 379,800 in Texas alone, thanks to surging energy development. Bonus: These are well-paying jobs. The national average wage for industry workers was $107,200 last year ($128,100 in Texas).


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.