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Energy Today – July 29, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 29, 2013

Boston Herald – End Ethanol Madness

In an editorial, the Boston Herald notes recent hearings by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The paper argues that the “mandate should be ended.”

Dallas Business JournalDallas Firm Uses Solar to Power West Texas Oil Rigs

A sign of a true “all-of-the-above” energy policy, one Dallas energy firm is using a solar generator to power oil and natural gas rigs in West Texas.  The system has batteries which can store up to 24 hours worth of power.

Wall Street JournalKeystone Contradictions

WSJ notes recent comments by President Obama on jobs created by construction of the Keystone XL pipeline project. “The President disparaged the number of jobs that would be created by the Keystone XL pipeline even as laments the lack of opportunities for the middle class. The jobs Mr. Obama seems to despise are those created by someone other than government.”

Battle Creek EnquirerFracking Key to a Better Energy Future

In a guest post, former EPA assistant administrator J. Winston Porter notes the benefits of America’s shale revolution. “Our privately-funded shale revolution has turned the country into the world's largest producer of natural gas... This transition has helped the country reduce its carbon emissions 13 percent below 2005 levels,” Porter writes.

The Daily RecordDevonian: Another Player in America’s Natural Gas Surge

DR highlights another emerging shale play – the Devonian – which stretches through parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Three energy companies are now successfully taping the shale play to extract natural gas through hydraulic fracturing.

The Columbus DispatchNatural Gas Use by Power Plants Helps Keep Smog Down

Throughout the U.S., communities are utilizing America’s surge in shale production to harness natural gas for electricity. In central Ohio, natural gas use is helping curb smog – the region had only two smog alerts in June, compared to 14 this time last year. 


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.