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Economic Benefits of American Energy Ripple Across the Country

Economy  jobs  american energy  manufacturing  infrastructure  texas  education 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 25, 2014

Reuters: Call it the comeback kid.

 

A new ranking of the competitiveness of the world's top 25 exporting countries says the United States is once again a "rising star" of global manufacturing thanks to falling domestic natural gas prices, rising worker productivity and a lack of upward wage pressure.

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Energy, Infrastructure and Sustaining a Revolution

keystone xl pipeline  infrastructure  jobs  Energy Security  fracking  manufacturing  technology 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 21, 2014

Forbes (Christopher Helman): Whenever businesses and bureaucrats don’t have the guts to stand behind a decision they’ve made, they release the news late on a Friday. In the case of the Obama administration’s move to delay indefinitely a decision to approve or deny the Keystone XL pipeline, it speaks volumes that the announcement was made not just on any Friday, but on the convergence of Good Friday and Passover.

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American Voters on Energy

american energy  Economy  jobs  Energy Security  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 17, 2014

New national polling finds strong support among U.S. registered voters for more domestic oil and natural gas production and more investment in energy infrastructure – with significant majorities connecting increased energy infrastructure (such as new pipelines, storage facilities and other energy-related projects) with job creation, strengthening U.S. energy security and helping American consumers.

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Ohio – Dotting the 'I' in Investment

ohio  Economy  jobs  fracking  infrastructure  utica shale 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 16, 2014

The story of the impact of oil and natural gas production story in Ohio is old – and new. Old in the sense the state was one of the country’s earliest producers of oil and natural gas. But also new, because development of the Utica Shale play in the past few years is responsible for an oil and natural gas resurgence, one that parallels what’s happening in the country as a whole.   Thanks to shale development through advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling the state is seeing job creation, investment and economic growth.

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Investing in Energy Infrastructure, Investing in America

infrastructure  energy investment  oil and natural gas development  economic growth  pipeline construction  storage tanks 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 15, 2014

Last month a new study said more than $640 billion in energy infrastructure investments will be needed in the U.S. over the next two decades. Needed are pipelines, pumps and other infrastructure to keep pace with expected increases in domestic oil and natural gas production, the ICF International report said – much of it coming from energy reserves found in shale and other tight-rock formations through advanced hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. ICF:

“Sufficient infrastructure goes hand in hand with well-functioning markets. Insufficient infrastructure can constrain market growth and strand supplies, potentially leading to increased price volatility and reduced economic activity.”

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LNG Exports, Jobs and Security

liquefied natural gas  lng  energy exports  infrastructure  investments  trade 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 12, 2014

In a post last week we discussed the way the Ukrainian crisis is focusing a number of U.S. leaders on the potential foreign policy impacts of surging U.S. energy production. With its vast natural gas reserves, the U.S. could be a leader in the global market for liquefied natural gas (LNG), if we took the steps to make that happen – starting with government approval of permits to build LNG export terminals.

Unfortunately, that process is slow. Although the Energy Department has approved six applications since 2011, more than 20 still are pending. And the U.S. isn’t the only country eyeing the global LNG market. More than 60 non-U.S. LNG export projects are planned or under construction. In a number of ways, it’s a race to the rewards stemming from natural gas abundance.

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Keystone XL: For Jobs, Families and Security

keystone xl pipeline  labor unions  economic growth  infrastructure 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 11, 2014

For American workers the more-than-five-year wait for the Keystone XL pipeline is personal. Make that very personal.

During a press conference with other union leaders and API President and CEO Jack Gerard, Laborers International Union of North America President Terry O’Sullivan said the construction sector is saddled with 12.8 percent unemployment, with nearly 1 million out of work. So every one of the 42,000 jobs the U.S. State Department estimates the Keystone XL would create during its construction phase is highly prized.

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Growth in American Energy and Our Infrastructure Needs

american energy  infrastructure  jobs  keystone xl pipeline  fracking 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted February 12, 2014

Reuters: Freezing temperatures are hampering U.S. natural gas deliveries this winter despite ample production of the heating fuel, exposing weaknesses in a supply network strained by unprecedented demand.

The United States is home to some of the world's largest natural gas deposits and supplies have flooded the market over the last five years, erasing concerns about dwindling output.

But the coldest winter in decades has drained stockpiles quicker than ever, forced rationing, and pushed prices to all-time highs, revealing the difficulties of storing and transporting fuel across the continent.

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Chilly Winter Underscores U.S. Energy Infrastructure Needs

pipeline construction  natural gas pipelines  infrastructure  regulatory issues 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 11, 2014

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, addressing a propane shortage currently affecting millions of consumers in the Northeast and Midwest at the National Association of State Energy Officials annual policy outlook conference last week:

“There’s a lot of day-to-day issues to be concerned about but we also want to keep this in a broader context. What we’re seeing played out is just one example of where our energy infrastructure isn’t quite ready for the task we have today.”

At the same conference, Roy Willis, president and CEO of the Propane Education Research Council, called propane the “canary in the coalmine” for the nation’s energy infrastructure needs. That canary certainly is singing out.

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America’s Choice: Policies, Infrastructure to Boost American Energy

fracking  keystone xl pipeline  jobs  Environment  Energy Security  Economy  infrastructure 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted February 5, 2014

Former Secretary Salazar Boosts Fracking, Keystone XL Pipeline 

Newsworthy today: Former U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, speaking at the North American Prospect Expo in Houston, notes  that hydraulic fracturing is, in part, the reason America is enjoying an energy boom that is making the country more energy secure and energy self-sufficient. Salazar

“We know that, from everything we’ve seen, there’s not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone. We need to make sure that story is told.” 

Salazar also said the Keystone XL pipeline is a ‘win-win” for America: 

“At the end of the day, we are going to be consuming that oil. So is it better for us to get the oil from our good neighbor from the north, or to be bringing it from some place in the Middle East?”

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