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The Impact of Good Energy Policy: Jobs, Production, Greater U.S. Energy Security

Energy Security  Economy  jobs  energy policy  fracking  hydraulic fracturing 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 28, 2014

The Hill (Charles McConnell): The two cornerstones of our global society that are fundamental to our lives today and for our future are 1) the affordability and security of our energy and 2) environmental responsibility. The balance and harmony of these two are what comprise energy sustainability, the topic I will be contributing to in the coming year for The Hill.

In my former role as assistant secretary of energy at the Department of Energy and my current position as executive director of Rice University's Energy and Environment Initiative, we are constantly challenged by this responsibility of energy sustainability in the utilization of fossil fuels. Our future will be determined by increasing energy requirements on a global basis for electricity, fuels and chemicals to meet a doubling of world demand by 2050. Fossil fuels will continue to be more than 80 percent of the world's fuel supply in 2050, as cited by the International Energy Agency, so it is not "if" we will be consuming coal, oil and natural gas, but "how." We must have a genuine "all of the above" energy strategy, and to do so, we must invest in fossil-fuel technology to ensure energy sustainability.

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Shale Development Providing Opportunity Across the Country

fracking  american energy  jobs  Economy  Energy Security  new york  texas  ohio  keystone xl pipeline  ethanol 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 30, 2014

Albany Business Review: Some New York farmers, particularly those living in the state's Southern Tier, are in favor of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. Steuben County dairy farmer Terry Waters, 60, said it would "pull us out of the hole."

 

As farmers like Waters continue to face financial hardship due to rising costs, they are seeing their counterparts in Pennsylvania benefiting from the natural gas resources located underneath their properties.

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The Geopolitical Benefits of American Energy

american energy  Energy Security  global markets  jobs  lng exports  emissions  keystone xl pipeline 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 28, 2014

Breaking Energy: Two timely research studies from think tanks inside the Beltway address energy security with particular focus on America’s new role in rearranging the established global energy order. This order is in flux precisely because of the renaissance in the American energy sector ignited by its shale (tight) oil and gas boom. Over the last decade, US crude oil and natural gas production has risen significantly. According to EIA projections in its AEO2014 Reference case, US natural gas production will continue to grow, increasing by 56% between 2012 and 2040. Similar gains are projected for US oil production.

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KXL Pipeline, the Politics of Delay and Costs to Us All

keystone xl pipeline  american energy  Energy Security  Environment  fracking  california 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 24, 2014

Washington Post: If foot-dragging were a competitive sport, President Obama and his administration would be world champions for their performance in delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

Last Friday afternoon, the time when officials make announcements they hope no one will notice, the State Department declared that it is putting off a decision on Keystone XL indefinitely — or at least, it seems, well past November’s midterm elections. This time, the excuse is litigation in Nebraska over the proposed route, because that might lead to a change in the project that various federal agencies will want to consider. The State Department might even decide to substantially restart the environmental review process. This is yet another laughable reason to delay a project that the federal government has been scrutinizing for more than five years.

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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 Energy is Fueling Growing Communities

american energy  Economy  jobs  Energy Security  fracking 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 18, 2014

Oil production and natural gas production from the six prominent shale basins in the United States should increase in May, a U.S. drilling report said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration issued a monthly drilling report for the six shale basins -- Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Marcellus, Niobrara and Permian -- that together account for almost 90 percent of the growth in U.S. oil production and nearly all of the gains in natural gas.

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America’s Hydraulic Fracturing Revolution

fracking  hydraulic fracturing  imports  Economy  jobs  Energy Security 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 17, 2014

Fuelfix Blog: In this photo essay, AP photographer Brennan Linsley looks inside a walled-off fracking facility, one of many sites reversing decades of declining oil production in the state.

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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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Open Markets, Free Trade = Win-Win for U.S. Energy Security

trade  Energy Security  american energy  Economy  ohio  keystone xl pipeline 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 14, 2014

The Hill (Rep. Pete Olson): The Great Recession that began at the end of this last decade has lingered like few others in recent history. Job growth has been sluggish, and unemployment numbers have ticked up only marginally, making this a painfully slow recovery. This is true in almost all sectors—except for energy. There, job growth has been nothing short of explosive. American innovation has allowed us to tap into energy resources previously off-limits and unreachable, creating jobs across the country.

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American Energy is Producing Domestic Benefits, Changing the Global Market

american energy  Energy Security  fracking  exports  lng 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 9, 2014

Wall Street Journal: The global energy equation has changed dramatically in recent years, thanks in large part to the impact of the shale-gas revolution. To get a handle on how the expectations of huge gas exports may shape the geopolitical future, The Wall Street Journal's John Bussey talked to Daniel Yergin, author and Vice Chairman of IHS Inc. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

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