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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 5, 2013

EIA Today in EnergyEnergy-related Carbon Dioxide Emissions Declined in 2012

Thanks to the increase in domestic natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing, U.S. carbon emissions from energy-related sources reached the lowest level in a decade. Emissions have declined every year since 2007, with the exception of 2010.

PE MagazineNew Extraction Techniques are Driving Growth and Demand for Engineers

PE Magazine reports on the dramatic growth in individuals pursuing petroleum engineering degrees thanks to the shale revolution in their April edition. Since 1993, the number of petroleum engineering degrees has increased five times and master’s degrees have more than doubled.

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hydraulic-fracturing  manufacturing  natural-gas  regulations  taxes  oil34 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 4, 2013

Forbes The Top Five Facts Everyone Should Know About Oil and Natural Gas Exploration

Ryan Carlyle, a subsea hydraulics engineer, writes that oil accounts for one-third of humanity’s energy supply, is unrivaled in power generation and is fundamental to lifting billions of people out of poverty. Fun fact: If solar power generation doubled every decade for 100 years, it would still be pretty far behind oil today.

Wall Street JournalBeware Tax Reform That Raises Taxes on Capital

Of the ongoing congressional debate over tax reform, Margo Thorning writes  that “Investment, growth and job creation should be the cornerstones of any tax-reform effort.”

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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 3, 2013

BBC NewsNeighboring U.S. Towns Worlds Apart on Natural Gas Fracking

BBC’s Laura Trevelyan reports on the divide between New York State and Pennsylvania in the hydraulic fracturing debate. Must watch at 2:19: a fourth generation New York landowner talks about the benefits of fracking – and the consequences of not lifting the moratorium.

Free EnterpriseAbundant U.S. Energy Attracts Foreign Companies

Abundant U.S. energy, courtesy of hydraulic fracturing tapping shale oil and natural gas deposits, is attracting manufacturers from Europe and South America, Sean Hackbarth reports. This will translate into jobs and a “much more competitive U.S.”

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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 2, 2013

NBC NewsHow the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Boom Could Shake Up Global Order

In December, for the first time in 40 years, China passed the U.S. as the world’s leading oil importer. And in that same month, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania – all leading shale development states – produced more barrels of oil a day than Iran exported. NBC News has more on the shifting global impact of American energy.

New York Daily NewsCookin’ with Gas

“In places like Williamsport, fracking has proven to be an economic powerhouse. But not in New York – a state with an 8.4% unemployment rate and well below-par job creation … Cuomo's dithering on fracking is stalling a game-changer for New York's economy.”

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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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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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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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