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America’s Unconventional Oil and Natural Gas Surge and the Changing Global Energy Market

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 27, 2013

Fracking is Helping U.S. Produce More of Its Own Energy

Fact Tank: Though many Americans apparently don’t realize it, the U.S. is producing considerably more of its own energy. Last year the U.S. generated a record 79.1 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units) domestically, nearly 14% more energy than in 2005, largely due to increased production of oil and natural gas. And with the ongoing boom in “unconventional” oil and gas production, the nation is on track to produce even more energy this year. 


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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.