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ethanol  hydraulic-fracturing  natural-gas  keystone-xl 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 29, 2013

Chicago Tribune – Energy Security and American Jobs

Editorial: “It's time to approve, at long last, [the Keystone XL] pipeline. And to let the North American energy industry make the most of the opportunity afforded by the mining of shale-oil deposits and the expanded use of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, to produce natural gas and oil. Allow America to draw on its bounty. The economy will benefit. The nation will be more secure and successful. And Americans will go to work.”

Fuel Fix Blog – IHS: Gulf Coast Refineries Good Place for Canadian Crude

The Houston Chronicle’s Jennifer Dlouhy reports on a new study that says there’s a greater economic boost from processing oil sands crude at U.S. refineries instead of first upgrading it in Canada.

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hydraulic-fracturing  manufacturing  natural-gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 28, 2013

NPR – Affordable Natural Gas Pumping New Life into U.S. Factories

America’s comeback kid: The U.S. industrial sector is “entering a new era” of growth, thanks to economical natural gas. The reason for this manufacturing renaissance? Innovations in natural gas development, including hydraulic fracturing.

Gallup Politics – Poll: Americans Want More Emphasis on Producing Domestic Energy

Natural gas is the big winner in Gallup’s most recent energy poll which shows that 59 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of independents, and 79 percent of Republicans say domestic natural gas production should have more emphasis in the U.S.

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energy  hydraulic-fracturing  natural-gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 25, 2013

NBC News – Energy Boom Begins to Ripple Through U.S. Economy

In the second part of an NBC News-CNBC special report, John Schoen reports on the economic benefits being felt in manufacturing industries – steel, chemical and plastics – thanks to increased energy development spurred by hydraulic fracturing.

Houston Chronicle – Oil and Gas Industry Shows Demand for Skilled Labor

Regions with shale plays have led the country in job growth  the past few years. The Eagle Ford play created almost 100,000 jobs last year alone. As the energy surge continues in shale development regions, jobs for skilled laborers like welders, pipefitters and other service workers are the most in-demand. The Houston Chronicle highlights how local communities are expanding programs at community colleges to train students for a future in the industry.

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energy  hydraulic-fracturing  lng-exports  natural-gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 21, 2013

U.S. News and World Report – U.S. Oil Production Set to Surpass Imports for First Time in 20 Years

Thanks in large part to surging production from shale via hydraulic fracturing, America’s domestic energy production  is projected by the government to reach another milestone: outpacing imports for the first time since 1995. EIA projects oil production will be 2 million barrels a day higher than imports by the end of next year.

Platts – U.S. Energy Industry Must Oppose Efforts to Restrict LNG Exports

"Proposals to block LNG investments ... represent a selective and harmful departure from the free market and free trade principles,” ExxonMobil Chemical President Stephen Pryor said at an IHS petrochemical conference this week. Platts has more on natural gas development and exports.

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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 20, 2013

Forbes – The Texas Shale Oil & Gas Revolution

Eagle Ford Shale is “a blessing for Texas and Texans” writes Forbes contributor David Blackmon – highlighting the fact that the Lone Star state produces 30 percent of U.S. natural gas and roughly 30 percent of U.S. oil.

New York Times – A Model for Reducing Emissions

Columnist Eduardo Porter explains how the United States is a “model for reducing carbon emissions” – with a significant role being played by increased natural gas development and use. He points out that the U.S. had perhaps the biggest emissions decline among industrial countries since 2007.

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energy-conversations 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 14, 2013

Wall Street Journal – Drill, Barack, Drill

President Obama does a neat John D. Rockefeller imitation these days, taking credit for soaring domestic oil and gas production as if he planned it that way. Not quite. As a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports shows, "All of the increased [oil] production from 2007 to 2012 took place on non-federal lands."

The New York Times – Ohio’s Resurgent natural Gas Industry Spends Millions to Set Up Shop

Natural gas buried in shale thousands of feet below the surface is attracting more than $1 billion in private investment and rapidly reviving the area as an energy producer. To prepare, market and transport the natural gas, companies are building an expansive network of regional field offices, processing plants and other infrastructure.

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energy-today 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 13, 2013

Christian Science Monitor – Jobs Report: The Energy Connection to Growth

Good news on Friday: the U.S. economy added 236,000 jobs in February, with more than 1,000 were added in the oil and natural gas industry. Contributions from the industry over the last year have added more than 20,000 jobs.  The contribution comes from many areas: oil and gas extraction employment is up 10,000 jobs over the past year; utilities, up 6,000 jobs; coal employment, by contrast, down 5,000. Renewables are also growing slowly. But the jobs impact from the energy sector, especially the boom in unconventional oil and natural gas extraction, is much greater than that, driving a need for construction workers, engineers, truck drivers, and a host of related occupations.

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