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Energy Today – April 26, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 26, 2013

CNN MoneyAmerica’s Air is Getting Cleaner and Less Costly

Increased natural gas production in the U.S. will be a huge driver in improving air quality, writes CNN Money in a report about improving air quality in the U.S. Also notable: In 2012, for the first time ever, natural gas generated as much electricity as coal, and with energy production surging, this trend is likely to continue.

Fuel Fix Blog 'Frac Daddy’ to Represent Oil Field Workers in Kentucky Derby Run

Owners Carter Stewart and Ken Schlenker say they named Derby entrant “Frac Daddy” as a nod to their energy industry occupations – and hydraulic fracturing. “[We] consider this horse a tribute to the oilfield workers of America,” Stewart says.

The Weekly StandardThe Fractured Left

In a guest article, University of Maryland professor Robert Nelson discusses how a growing national consensus that fracking, abundant supplies of low-cost natural gas and the resulting  economic and environmental benefits for the country could cause political fractures for Democrats.

Bloomberg TVChoosing a College Major? One Word: Fracking

Georgetown University’s Anthony Carnevale lays out the benefits of an engineering degree – specifically a petroleum engineering degree. “One word: fracking. If you want to make the most money, become a petroleum engineer,” he says. 

US News & World ReportFormer State Department Official: Keystone XL Will Be Approved

While Canadian officials like Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver continue to press Washington to approve the pipeline project, former State official David Gordon tells the magazine approval is a virtual slam dunk. “It’s overwhelmingly likely that Keystone XL will be approved,” Gordon says.


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.