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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 5, 2017

We’re a hardy lot, we humans, often displaying enormous determination to keep moving forward in the face of steep challenges. Paratriathlete Allysa Seely, though, takes determination to another level entirely.

Seely made history last year by winning a gold medal for Team USA at the summer Paralympics. Eight years earlier she lost her left leg below the knee after surgeries and associated complications in the course of treatment for three separate disorders, two involving her brain. (Read more about it in this interview with ESPN.) She refused to stay down – and energy supported her steely resolve.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 3, 2017

You know them. They’re your friends, neighbors and work colleagues, men and women, who in their spare time are “Ironmen.” For shlubs like yours truly, summer is about relaxation – trying not to break a sweat. For more than 2,000 Ironman triathletes, summer was about training and qualifying in races around the world for the Big Daddy of Ironman competitions, the 2017 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii on Oct. 14. Swim, bike, run. Ironman competitions were conceived as the ultimate test of athletic prowess. Competitors must consider the gear they wear, ride and bring during each of the three legs. In each phase, natural gas and oil play important roles to help the athletes get over the finish line.

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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted September 29, 2017

Bogart the camel was born with carpel hyper-extensions, meaning his front legs won’t support the rest of his body. This rare and extreme condition would make it hard for Bogart to have a normal life. But Dr. Derrick Campana, an animal orthotist and founder of Animal Ortho Care in Sterling, Va., stepped in to create braces to get him on his feet – you know, all four of ‘em. Because of the size the braces needed to be, Campana turned to high-temperature thermoplastics for stability. The braces are made with polypropylene – a byproduct of natural gas and oil.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 28, 2017

You remember “Lucy” and “Ricky” from “I Love Lucy,” one of the best TV sitcoms ever that’s still being seen on the Hallmark Channel. Once upon a time, in the film comedy “The Long, Long Trailer,” they set out on a road trip with a fully outfitted tow trailer about the length of Tennessee.

It’s still pretty funny stuff. For example, there’s a scene where she’s trying to fix a meal inside the bouncing, jouncing trailer while her husband happily belts out a ballad in the car, completely oblivious to his wife’s predicament in the rig behind him. And other gags.

Here’s the link between an old film comedy, trailers and energy: Every year, millions of Americans hit the roads towing trailers – and every mile is made better with the help of oil and natural gas. The link with Ohio is that Jackson Center in the Buckeye State, about 75 miles northwest of Columbus, is home to Airstream, maker of the classic, aluminum-clad travel trailer.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 26, 2017

Heading down the Las Vegas Strip toward one of the town’s big-name attractions, the sights and sounds are just mesmerizing, the crowd’s energy adding to the excitement. At the show the view is as spectacular as the iconic neon lights of the city’s skyline. 

Musicians, illusionists and acrobats alike are decked out from head to toe in costumes that say out loud: There’s no such thing as too much glamour and extravagance in Las Vegas. The show’s a work of art of its own, seen in the performers’ elaborate face makeup. One’s decorated like a fierce warrior; another like a majestic animal. The shimmering makeup fits so well in a city that itself shimmers with color and light. Let’s look at the ways energy plays a role in makeup and cosmetic products – whether it’s putting the sparkle on a Vegas showgirl’s face or simply helping the rest of us look our best.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 20, 2017

In Birmingham, they may indeed love the governor (or so the song says), but in Alabama what they feel for college football – stretching from Mobile in the southwest corner of the state to Piedmont in the northeast – borders on insanity. College football might not be religion in these parts, but it’s pretty doggone close.

The first rite of service on football Saturdays is the tailgate. Before “War Eagle!” is heard inside Jordan-Hare Stadium or “Ro-o-o-o-oll Tide!” echoes in Bryant-Denny, the football acolytes observe special pregame rituals – food, drink and the most raucous reverie you’ll find under a canopy. Think of it as an outdoor party with tens of thousands of your closest friends. Whether on The Plains at Auburn or the Quad in Tuscaloosa, energy helps set the game day stage.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 13, 2017

A special thanks to U.S. Rep. Gene Green of Texas, who shared some thoughts about energy production associated with his Houston-area district, as well as an update on recovery efforts there after Hurricane Harvey, during an API Hill communicators event on Wednesday. ... Green described some of Hurricane Harvey’s impacts, and API President and CEO Jack Gerard, who hosted the event, said lots of Americans have the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast and Florida in their thoughts after Harvey and Irma. Gerard said the storms’ impacts help underscore the essential quality of accessible, reliable energy.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 13, 2017

More than 16 million U.S. households own motorcycles. It’s an energy-filled joyride that’s more about the getting there than the being there. Energy makes each cycling mile quicker, faster, yet safer – helping riders become a little more present, more adrenalized, a little more alive. Indeed, that fairly describes energy’s role in modern life: supporting, empowering, improving.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 29, 2017

The pro tennis U.S. Open getting under way this week in Queens, N.Y., is more than a sporting event. It’s a living museum, too. The hollowly thwack of racket hitting ball, echoing in the hard-court canyon of Arthur Ashe Stadium, conjures memories of past greats like Ashe and Billie Jean King, Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert, Roger Federer and many others. All authored key chapters to their legends at the open, many doing so under the lights at Flushing Meadow, where summer often gives way to fall during the tournament’s fortnight.

The U.S. Open is lightning-fast asphalt courts, power tennis and epic, late-night matches that stretch to five sets. It’s also energy – energy that makes tennis today a much improved game and spectator event compared to the tennis when Richard Sears won the first open in 1881, no doubt looking something like the image here.

Better rackets, better shoes, better playing surfaces and conditions – better tennis wear (sorry, Richard) – all assisted by contributions from natural gas and oil. America’s energy abundance supports virtually every aspect of modern living – work, home life, health and recreation – including tennis.

The Arthur Ashe Stadium, the open’s home the past 20 years, illustrates. The stadium’s retractable roof lets matches continue even in inclement weather. When it’s raining outside, more than 22,000 who fill the stadium can thank natural gas for keeping them and the tennis dry.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted August 24, 2017

With food kings Heinz, Utz, Herr’s, Kunzler and brewer Yeungling all headquartered in Pennsylvania, you’d think the summer cookout was invented in the Keystone State. With that group you’ve got your dogs, chips, pretzels, ketchup and beer – and more. All that’s left is to fire up the grill.  

Energy handles the grilling part: propane from a tank or maybe a natural gas feed. Yet, products made from or with oil and natural gas contribute greatly to the feast in other, under-appreciated ways. Which is energy’s role: making modern life fresher, tastier, more convenient and more enjoyable – often without us noticing it very much. Let’s talk about how energy facilitates a great American summer tradition.

Pennsylvania is the perfect setting for cooking outdoors. Tourists flock there to take in the state’s rich history. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia offer a long list of things to see and do, as do the places in between. Catch a Pirates game at PNC Park, or if you’re in Philly, grab a cheesesteak downtown or a drink with some friends at Spruce Street Harbor. But it’s hard to beat a cookout in August.

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