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Energy Today – May 7, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 7, 2013

The Hill The Case for Keystone XL Goes Beyond Jobs and Energy Independence

In a guest column, Brigham McCown argues the benefits of  the Keystone XL pipeline would extend beyond  jobs and energy security to  safety. According to government statistics, pipelines are the safest way to transport energy supplies, writes McCown.

U.S. News and World ReportLawmakers: Natural Gas Exports Could Erode Political Might of U.S. Adversaries

U.S. News recaps today’s House Subcommittee on Energy and Power hearing, which focused on legislation that would expedite U.S. natural gas exports. Supporters  say shipping natural gas to allies could strengthen diplomatic ties, undermine political leverage of adversaries, while also shaving the U.S. trade deficit and creating jobs.

The Journal News  – Editorial: It’s Time for Cuomo’s Decision on Fracking

The Journal News highlights a recent Manhattan Institute study  detailing  gains for Pennsylvania’s economy – thanks to hydraulic fracturing – and the potential for  the same in New York state. According to the report, in the 28 New York counties above the Marcellus Shale, incomes could  expand 15 percent if Gov. Andrew Cuomo approves fracking.

Houston ChronicleCoastal Governors Implore Obama to ‘Step Up’ Offshore Drilling

Six Republican governors from coastal states urged President Obama to open up  areas  for offshore drilling. All agreed drilling  would create jobs and stimulate the U.S. economy.

Tulsa WorldFracking Regulation is States’ Turf

Thirteen13 state attorneys general say in a letter to the EPA this week that the federal government should leave hydraulic fracturing regulation to the states.  The letter notes that  states like Oklahoma have effectively regulated fracking  for decades.


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.