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Energy Today – June 24, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 24, 2013

AP - Boost For Cars or Bust? 

AP reports on the debate surrounding the Renewable Fuel Standard and E15 gasoline after a recent ruling by the Supreme Court. "The ever increasing ethanol mandate has become unsustainable, causing a looming crisis for gasoline consumers," API's Bob Greco said. "We're at the point where refiners are being pressured to put unsafe levels of ethanol in gasoline, which could damage vehicles, harm consumers and wreak havoc on our economy."

Houston ChronicleEnergy Surge Spreads Its Wealth Around City

Houston is arguably the center of American energy. With the surge in domestic energy, the city’s business sector – and revenues – has grown over the last few years. The Chronicle highlights the “vibrant metropolitan area.”

Columbus Business FirstSlideshow: Tour the Utica Shale Play

CBF’s Jeff Bell provides a first-hand look of hydraulic fracturing sites around the Utica Shale play in Ohio.

The FoundryRenewable Fuels: Raze the Maize Mandate

The Heritage Foundation blog highlights efforts on Capitol Hill by a bipartisan group of senators to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard – noting that “Congress should never have mandated how much ethanol Americans must use. Given that hindsight is 20/20, it’s high time that Congress raze the mandate on maize.”

Thanks to Shale Drilling, Pennsylvania Counties Fund Community Improvements 

Communities have benefited from impact fees paid by energy companies to the state, which have accompanied increased shale production though hydraulic fracturing. Three stories give examples from some of the state’s growing counties:


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.