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Energy Today – May 6, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 6, 2013

Wall Street JournalA Tale of Two Oil States

The Journal’s editorial highlights oil-and-natural gas booming Texas and California – where oil output is down 21 percent since 2001. The difference between the two energy-rich states? “Texas loves being an oil-producing state while California is embarrassed by it.” 

Christian Science Monitor Drive to Make Energy Cleaner Has Stalled, Shale Could Help

“As we see from places like Texas and Oklahoma, where wind supplies up to 30% of all generation, shale gas and renewables can work together to build a low carbon future,” writes guest blogger Nick Grealy.

AEI Ideas Carpe Diem BlogPetroleum Engineering the Highest Paid Major for the College Class of 2013

“Add petroleum engineering majors in the College Class of 2013 as another group in a very long list of beneficiaries of America’s shale revaluation,” writes Mark J. Perry. In fact, college graduates with petroleum engineering degrees are averaging starting salaries of $93,500 – more than twice the average for all college graduates.

The Associated PressNew Jobs, Energy Gains Helping Lift U.S. Economy

According to a Labor Department report, America’s oil and natural gas industry helped boost the U.S. economy in April, AP reports. “The economic good news is also drawing attention to the importance of private-sector innovation rather than government policy in fostering growth.” 

Washington Examiner Editorial: Two Cheers for Obama on Fracking

In an editorial, the Examiner notes a number of encouraging developments in terms of the administration’s attitude toward increasing domestic oil and natural gas producing. The paper says that with the recent nomination of Ernest Moniz to be energy secretary, “Obama appears willing to at least minimize regulatory obstacles to fracking and thereby reap the rewards of clean, cheap, abundant domestic energy.”


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.