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Energy Today – Earth Day Edition

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 22, 2013

AEI Carpe Diem Blog On Earth Day

Mark Perry writes: “As we observe Earth Day this year, it might be a good time to appreciate the fact that Americans get most of their plentiful, affordable energy directly from the Earth’s ‘natural environment’ in the form of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum).”

The Globe and MailWhat I’d Like to See this Earth Day: More Fracking

“If fracking happens across the world, emissions would likely decline substantially by 2020,” writes Bjorn Lomborg in a guest column. “This Earth Day, we need a dose of realism about real environmental challenges …and the real opportunities that exist for environmental innovation, to make our planet a better place.” (Note: This piece originally appeared in The Australian:

ForbesThank Mother Earth for Oil, Natural Gas and Other Fossil Fuels

Contributor David Blackmon writes that as we celebrate the 44th annual Earth Day, “Let’s all try to remember that one of the greatest gifts Mother Earth has ever given us is the fossil fuels that make such worldwide celebrations possible.”

Chicago TribunePut Illinois to Work

Companies interested in exploring for oil and natural gas in the Land of Lincoln remain on hold,  waiting for the state’s legislature to pass a bill that would allow regulated hydraulic fracturing. “The stall on fracking is a job-killer,” writes the paper in an editorial – bad news for a state  where  unemployment  tops 9.5 percent.

Journal StarKeystone XL Would Raise Construction Wages

Construction workers would get a boost from approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, according to a study by Bloomberg Government. Some workers would see an increase of as much as 30 percent.


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.