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Energy Today – July 26, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 26, 2013

Richmond Times-Dispatch – White House Would Tax Away Virginia’s Energy Future

Policy that enables the oil and natural gas industry to produce more would have a far greater impact on state and federal coffers than would any partisan policy that hinders the industry with higher taxes, notes Jack Refuse in a guest opinion piece.  

The HillNo Doubt About It: Ethanol Mandates Hit Food Producers Hard

The president of the National Chicken Council writes about price volatility for chicken farmers due to the Renewable Fuel Standard. "While chicken producers can do their best to absorb high corn prices, the price volatility is dealing a fatal blow to poultry businesses. Dairies have been hard-hit as well; last year, California, one of the nation’s top dairy-producing states, lost 100 farms due to high feed prices and unmanageable production costs." - Guest Voice: How Marcellus Shale Fees Help Erie

“Every square inch of Pennsylvania benefits” from hydraulic fracturing in the state, writes the Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Kathryn Klaber. Thanks to shale impact fees, communities like Erie are seeing an economic boost that allows township’s to improve public parks, downtown areas and even emergency-response facilities.

BloombergUPS Says Natural Gas ‘Game Changer’ for Cutting Emissions

United Parcel Service (UPS) said it can save 40 percent in fuel costs by running its long-haul semi-tractor trailer fleet on natural gas. Earlier this year, UPS announced plans to buy almost 1,000 liquefied natural gas tractors in the next two years to boost its fleet of 2,700 alternative fuel and advanced-technology vehicles.

Fox NewsOur Government’s Foolish View of U.S. Energy Revolution

American Enterprise Institute’s Gary Schmitt takes a look at American LNG exports and the long permitting process currently in place that could cost the U.S. in competition with global rivals.  “The problem with this slow pace of approvals and the more restrictive guidelines for non-FTA countries is that, when it comes to natural gas, you snooze, you lose.”

Bloomberg BusinessweekChemical Companies Rush to the U.S. Thanks to Affordable Natural Gas

BW highlights the surge of the U.S. chemical sector – “The resurgence of the U.S. chemical industry can be explained in two words: natural gas.” The increase in shale development has made the U.S. the lowest-cost chemical producer outside the Middle East, bringing international investment to American companies.


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.