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Energy Today – July 25, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 25, 2013

Des Moines Register – Iowa Will Have to Import Corn

With increased ethanol obligations and growing livestock operations needing more feed, Iowa – the nation’s “king of corn production” – will have to import kernels to keep up with demand, an analyst tells the newspaper.                  

Master Resource - Frac Bounty: All Should Participate

Blogger Paul Driessen highlights the benefits of U.S. shale development  – game-changing technologies that have led to job creation and economic boosts across the country. Driessen got a first-hand look at  hydraulic fracturing drilling  in northern Pennsylvania noting the “signs of pride and prosperity were evident all over Williamsport.” Driessen: We need to frack for a better, cleaner, happier world!”

Reuters – The Architecture of Abundance: Building Energy Infrastructure

In a guest post, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton argues America’s energy challenge: How to overcome government-imposed roadblocks to building the infrastructure and unleashing the innovation necessary to harness our new energy abundance.

Energy InsiderCrashing into the Ethanol Blend Wall

Geoff Styles recaps hearings on the Hill this week on the now six-year-old Renewable Fuel Standard. “Our elected representatives should now be asking themselves whether it makes sense — in light of altered circumstances — to subject the US motor fuels market to a new and entirely artificial source of price volatility,” notes Styles.

Newsworks - Marcellus Shale Exports Could Transform Global LNG Market

With increased domestic shale development, the U.S. now produces more natural gas than ever before – which could shift the global LNG market. Newsworks focuses on  the debate over the implications of this increase in supply.

Lacrosse TribuneKeystone XL Would Grow the Middle Class

On the heels of President Obama’s speech in Illinois yesterday, the Institute for Energy Research’s Robert Bradley notes that if the president is serious about his promise to “grow the middle class,” he should look no further than approving the pipeline project – which is estimated to create 20,000 construction jobs. 


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.