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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 22, 2013

AEI Carpe Diem Blog On Earth Day

Mark Perry writes: “As we observe Earth Day this year, it might be a good time to appreciate the fact that Americans get most of their plentiful, affordable energy directly from the Earth’s ‘natural environment’ in the form of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum).”

The Globe and MailWhat I’d Like to See this Earth Day: More Fracking

“If fracking happens across the world, emissions would likely decline substantially by 2020,” writes Bjorn Lomborg in a guest column. “This Earth Day, we need a dose of realism about real environmental challenges …and the real opportunities that exist for environmental innovation, to make our planet a better place.” (Note: This piece originally appeared in The Australian: http://bit.ly/ZIpmjk)

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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 18, 2013

Forbes It’s Time To Repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard

A "consensus has concluded that EPA fuel standards are sorely at odds with the interests of fuel and food consumers in the United States,” writes contributor Robert Bradley. “The direct economic cost of implementing and enforcing these fuel standards far outweighs the questionable benefits."

The Washington Post Keystone XL Opposition Wanes Among Nebraska Landowners

With the Keystone XL debate set to head back to Nebraska today, the Post reports that folks in the state “largely support the pipeline project.”

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Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 16, 2013

LA TimesEPA: U.S. Greenhouse Gases Drop 

The newspaper highlights the latest good news from the EPA: Increased use of natural gas, much of it developed with  hydraulic fracturing, has helped the United States lower its greenhouse gas emissions 1.6 percent from 2010 to 2011 and nearly 7 percent since 2005.

Roll CallRedford: Keystone XL an Environmentally Sound Way to Enhance Energy Security

Alberta  Premier Alison Redford’s  op-ed argues that Canada is “the safest, most secure and responsible energy supplier to the United States and a reliable trading partner.” This comes after her recent visit to the U.S. advocating  approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project.  Approving the pipeline “is the choice of reason,” she writes.

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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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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 6, 2013

Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid Al-Falih issued a number of challenges at IHS CERAWeek 2013, the energy consultancy’s mega-conference this week in Houston: innovate – to allow greater recovery of resources, greater efficiency and improved environmental performance. His call dovetailed with a conference agenda stocked with presentations and discussions of energy innovation – which Al-Falih said is one of the keys to the oil and natural gas industry moving into the energy future alongside growing world demand:

“We will significantly bolster (industry) resilience by continuing to create truly transforming and game-changing technologies.”

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Sabrina Fang

Sabrina Fang
Posted March 5, 2013

More from around the web on the new State Department draft analysis of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which, again, proved the economic benefits and lack of negative environmental impacts from the pipeline?  First to the Washington Post:

In its 2,000 pages, the report dismantled the case that nixing the Canadian pipeline must be a priority for anyone concerned about climate change, explaining anew that accepting or rejecting the project won’t make much difference to global emissions, U.S. oil consumption or world oil markets.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 1, 2013

The Keystone XL pipeline now is four-for-four – that is, four environmental impact assessments by the State Department and four findings that the project wouldn’t have significant impacts. From State’s draft Supplementary Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) released Friday:

The analyses of potential impacts associated with construction and normal operation of the proposed Project suggest that there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed Project route …

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 28, 2013

Main points from White House energy advisor Heather Zichal in an update of the administration’s positions on energy and environmental policy at an event this week hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies:

  • Safe, reliable, affordable energy is the lifeblood of America’s economy and is fundamentally linked to U.S. security in the world.
  • America’s energy narrative has been rewritten – chiefly due to innovations that have launched the shale oil and natural gas revolution – from one of scarcity to one of abundance.
  • The administration’s chief economic goal is to create more middle-class jobs, and energy is and can continue to be a key driver of job and economic growth.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 19, 2013

Another “face” of the Keystone XL pipeline project is Billy Rogers, an employee of the Michels Corporation and a member of the Operating Engineers Local 139. Rogers is among 4,000 U.S. workers already building the southern leg of Keystone XL in Texas and Oklahoma – which didn’t need presidential approval to move forward. Rogers talked to reporters at an event on Tuesday hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers:

"Working on the Gulf Coast Project has afforded me a good income that allows me to support my family. In addition, the construction of this project has had a significant impact in the local communities in which we work as the hundreds of crew members spend their money locally in restaurants, grocery stores, shops – everyone is benefiting. … Contrary to what people may see or read, as a front-line worker on the Gulf Coast Project, I have personally witnessed the support from the local residents we deal with daily during construction. They are happy to see us. … It’s mind-boggling to see how far this spreads” economically.

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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 14, 2013

Americans want the Keystone XL pipeline built. There’s no mistaking that in polling, including a new one we’ll get into down below.

Of all the Americans who’ve waited more than four years for the president to give the full Keystone XL the go-ahead, few have more on the line than thousands of building and construction workers. For them it’s bread on the table. Sean McGarvey, president of the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trade Department, talked to reporters this week about his union’s support for the project's approval:

“For the skilled craft professionals that I am privileged to represent, the past four years have not been a recession, they have been a depression. Today, the unemployment rate in the U.S. construction industry is 16 percent.”

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