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Energy Today – April 17, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 17, 2013

Washington TimesIs It Time to End Ethanol Vehicle Fuel mandates?

Steve Goreham recaps the pros and cons in the ethanol, Renewable Fuel Standard debate.

Press ConnectsGuest Viewpoint: NY Can’t Afford to Pass on Natural Gas

In a guest piece, New York resident Bob Tiberio writes that affordable energy “is the lifeblood of our economy and lowers the cost of almost everything we make and use. It drives economic growth and gives the United States a competitive edge in global markets. For most Americans, a high “quality of life” begins with low cost energy, which increasingly means natural gas from shale.”

Forbes How Cheniere Energy is Leading America’s LNG Export Revolution

The magazine profiles the natural gas export debate, focusing on Houston-based Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility port. “It’s a revolutionary thing, absolutely astonishing, that America will be an exporter of hydrocarbons,” Cheniere’s CEO Charif Souki says.

Wall Street Journal An Ethanol Spring

There’s bipartisan progress to change “an impossible mandate” the newspaper editorializes. The piece cites a recent Georgetown conference in which Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden (an ethanol supporter) conceded that he is “not convinced that the current requirements are achievable.”

Bloomberg BusinessWeekIncitec Plans $850 Million US Ammonia Plant

Thanks to affordable American natural gas, Australia’s largest fertilizer maker is set to open a plant in Louisiana. Points for American energy: The plant will bring manufacturing jobs to the Bayou State as well as much-needed revenue for government.

Project SyndicateFear of Fracking

Harvard University professor Jeffrey Frankel writes that U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide have fallen 12 percent as of 2012 – back to 1995 levels – thanks to horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to recover deposits of shale gas. “No other factor comes close to providing a plausible explanation,” he writes.


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.