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Energy Today - July 1, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 1, 2013

Energy Outlook - President's Climate Plan Hinges on Natural Gas

President Obama's plan for addressing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions depends heavily on expanded hydraulic fracturing of domestic shale gas resources, writes Geoffrey Styles.

News and Sentinel.comEducational Program Focuses on Oil and Natural Gas Jobs

In an effort to train more workers for the surging shale industry, Ohio’s Washington State Community College hosted an informational session on opportunities for students and workers with an emphasis on filling new positions locally.

ForbesThe Case for LNG Exports

Forbes argues that while there are challenges associated with LNG export investments, the best course is to let the marketplace work. “… this is a call of the private sector, not government.”

Wall Street JournalWhy the Grass Should Not Always Be Greener

In a guest column on concerns about how much water is used in hydraulic fracturing, University of Texas professor Rusty Todd  notes that a recent report found that lawn watering in Texas consumed 18 times more water than hydraulic fracturing operations in the state. “Concerns about the amount of water used in fracking might be better directed toward your neighbor with the lush, perfectly manicured, half-acre lawn,” Todd writes.  (Subscription publication)

Press ConnectsRenewables and Natural Gas Can Meet N.Y. Energy Needs

In a guest editorial, Windsor, N.Y.,  resident Robert Williams argues the benefits of a partnership between renewable energy sources and natural gas – an “all-of-the-above” strategy. “If New Yorkers really want to clean our air and advance renewable energy, it’s time to do away with false choices and embrace shale development.”

National JournalHow Obama Could Approve Keystone XL

NJ’s Amy Harder predicts President Obama will approve the pipeline project in December after working out commitments with Canada to do more to reduce its carbon emissions.

Christian Science MonitorHow to Reap the Rewards of the Shale Gas Boom

Guest blogger Jennifer Warren writes that  an increased role for natural gas is obvious.  Smart government policies can play a positive role in shale gas development so that society benefits from this once-in-a-century boon, she writes. 


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.