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Energy Today – June 19, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 19, 2013

Free Enterprise Energizing Manufacturing

Current North American energy abundance is the result of innovation and private-sector investment, writes FE. “Government policies that restrict development or prevent the market from working effectively may reduce the benefits this energy competitive advantage offers to Americans and to our manufacturing industries.”

Project SyndicateFrack to the Future

Harvard professor and former Clinton administration economic advisor Jeffrey Frankel argues the environmental benefits of increased natural gas use, noting that “one can virtually prove that shale gas is the major factor behind the fall in US emissions.”

Forbes Energy Reality Check: Keystone XL Crude Won’t Be Exported

Contributor Loren Steffy debunks the myth that Keystone XL crude is export oil while noting  the benefits of an “all-of-the-above” energy approach: “What we have now is an opportunity to use the current domestic energy boom build a better portfolio of energy resources for the future. Renewables need to be a part of that, but so does the Keystone pipeline.”

The Denver Post A Tricky Calculation: The Risk of Cancer from Oil and Natural Gas Drilling

The Post has an article refuting a claim that people living within a half-mile of an oil or gas well have a 66 percent higher chance of getting cancer. “Whether it is bad math, propaganda or simply the web proliferating an errant calculation is hard to say,” writes the paper. “It is also completely wrong.”

Fuel Fix BlogTexas Chemical Engineers Banking $140,000, As Salaries Rise

Fuel Fix notes that the average median salary for U.S. chemical engineers  tops $120,000 – a 9 percent increase from 2011 – thanks in large part to an increase in natural gas development.


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.