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More Domestic Energy Production, Fewer Imports = a Stronger U.S.

Energy Security  american energy  imports  fracking  jobs  Economy 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 2, 2014

Total U.S. net imports of energy, measured in terms of energy content, declined in 2013 to their lowest level in more than two decades. Growth in the production of oil and natural gas displaced imports and supported increased petroleum product exports, driving most of the decline. A large drop in energy imports together with a smaller increase in energy exports led to a 19% decrease in net energy imports from 2012 to 2013.

Total energy imports declined faster—down 9% from 2012 to 2013—than in the previous year, while export growth slowed. Crude oil production grew 15%, about the same pace as in 2012, which led imports of crude oil to decrease by 12%, accounting for much of the overall decline in imports.

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Tapping America’s Energy Potential

Economy  fracking  lng exports  jobs  keystone xl pipeline  Energy Security 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 1, 2014

With Europe’s dependence on Russian gas impeding diplomatic efforts, it’s time to reconsider outdated policies that are keeping the U.S. from becoming an energy exporter.

U.S. lawmakers don’t drive around in 1970s-era cars, yet they don’t seem to mind energy policies that are equally out of date. Attempts to export shale oil and gas, for example, have run smack into legal and regulatory barriers as old as a Gran Torino.

Energy companies have been urging Congress to lift the lid on exports and start treating oil and gas again like any other commodity that’s freely traded in world markets. Tapping global demand for U.S. shale oil and gas, they say, will spur domestic production and create even more jobs in a sector that’s already racked up robust employment gains.

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The Promise of American Energy, Today and Tomorrow

american energy  Energy Security  Economy  jobs  fracking  texas  oklahoma  pennsylvania 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 31, 2014

Over the past few years, the U.S. has witnessed a dramatic turnaround in its energy situation. Thanks largely to a combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," energy producers have been able to tap vast oil and gas deposits buried in deep shale formations. As a result, domestic oil and gas production has surged to multi-decade highs.

This energy boom has yielded tremendous and widespread economic benefits to the United States. A statement from the White House Council of Economic Advisors last year summed it up nicely: "Every barrel of oil or cubic foot of gas that we produce at home instead of importing abroad means more jobs, faster growth, and a lower trade deficit." Let's take a closer look at some of the main ways the energy boom has helped the nation's economy.

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U.S. Energy is Fueling Growth, Revival

american energy  fracking  jobs  lng exports  manufacturing  texas  ohio 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 28, 2014

The nation's energy boom, stoked by technological advances both onshore and offshore, drove significant economic growth for the oil and gas industry, which also fueled a corresponding population boom in resource-rich areas such as North Dakota and Texas between 2007 and 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The bureau's Economic Census Advance Report, released Wednesday, provides the first comprehensive look at the U.S. economy since the Great Recession, supplying data on a series of key metrics across more than 1,000 industries. The report comes out every five years.

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Shale is Giving Communities a Needed Boost

Economy  jobs  american energy  fracking  global energy  keystone xl pipeline 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 27, 2014

Associated Press: WASHINGTON -- America's cities are still growing, with the population boom fueled by people picking up and moving to find jobs in energy production across the oil- and gas-rich areas west of the Mississippi River.

New 2013 census information released Thursday shows that cities are the fastest-growing parts of the United States, and a majority of the metro areas showing that growth are located in or near the oil- and gas-rich fields of the Great Plains and Mountain West.

Neighboring cities Odessa and Midland, Texas, show up as the second and third fastest-growing metro areas in the country. Sara Higgins, the Midland public information officer, has a simple explanation: oil. "They're coming here to work," Higgins said.

Energy production is one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States, the Census Bureau said. The boom in the U.S. follows the use of new technologies, such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, to tap oil and gas reserves.

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Our Energy Strength Hinges on Sound Policies

fracking  fracking jobs  lng exports  keystone xl pipeline  shale energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 26, 2014

Study Projects Major Job Losses From Banning Fracking in Colorado

Denver Business Journal: Fracking draws the ire of environmental activists, many of whom envision a world without the controversial process.

But economists from the University of Colorado (CU) predict job losses of 93,000, and $12 billion in lost gross domestic product (GDP), if proposed bans on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado become law, according to a study released Wednesday.

In just the first five years of a ban on fracking, the loss in GDP would be $8 billion and 68,000 fewer jobs, according to the study.

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On U.S. Natural Gas Exports, No False Choices

lng exports  liquefied natural gas  economic growth  jobs creation  manufacturing  hydraulic fracturing  energy department 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 21, 2014

The Huntsman Corporation’s Peter Huntsman has this op-ed in USA Today that invokes a poll in which people were asked to respond to these statements:

Some say that exporting American natural gas to other countries will increase economic growth, keep thousands employed, and help increase domestic production of natural gas. Others say that American natural gas should be used here at home, where it can lead to thousands of new manufacturing jobs, grow the entire American economy, and keep prices of natural gas affordable. Which comes closest to your view?

Actually, it’s a false choice, a little bit of opinion polling flim-flammery. We can have both – as careful, scholarly research (see here and here) has shown. We have ample natural gas reserves to supply the needs here at home as well as those of friendly overseas buyers.

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Strong, Safe, Growing Communities – Thanks to Shale

Economy  Energy Efficiency  jobs  fracking  Energy Security  exports  lng 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 21, 2014

To Americans used to thinking of energy in terms of the Middle East, the names of the world's top producers of natural gas might come as a surprise.

 

No. 1 is the United States. No. 2 is Russia. Together they stand as the giants of gas production. What separates them is that the U.S. consumes its gas, while Russia has become the world's largest exporter — a key reason why President Vladimir Putin felt confident that he could seize Crimea from Ukraine and get away with it. Russia supplies 30% of Europe's gas needs, making it hard for European leaders to muster the resolve to resist.

 

The good news is that the West can turn the tables on Putin, freeing Europe from its dependency and in the process making Russia pay dearly. That can't be done fast enough to neuter the current crisis, nor will it come cheaply. But if Putin believes his actions will drive Europe toward energy independence, he'll have to think twice. Deprived of its biggest market, Russia's fragile, energy-based economy would erode, along with its power and Putin's stratospheric popularity.

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America’s Energy Boom Benefits America

american energy  Economy  Energy Efficiency  Energy Security  Environment  jobs  fracking  keystone xl pipeline 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 20, 2014

The U.S. shale boom is beginning to ripple outward to American cities.

The shale mining industry's rising demand for materials and equipment along with the abundance of cheap fuel are fueling a modest renaissance in American manufacturing, according to a report prepared by IHS Global insight for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The shale extraction industry is itself driving growth through its hunger for steel pipeline, extraction machinery and other materials needed at domestic shale deposits, including the Bakken in North Dakota and the Marcellus shale in Pennsylvania. The availability of cheap fuel has in turn allowed these energy intensive manufacturing industries to cut costs and compete better with foreign imports.

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Metro Economies Ride Energy Renaissance

manufacturing  oil and natural gas jobs  oil and natural gas development  hydraulic fracturing  fracking 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 20, 2014

A new study conducted for the U.S. Conference of Mayors underscores the significant economic link between America’s energy renaissance and a surge in U.S. manufacturing job creation and business activity. Some of the key findings in the IHS Global Insight study:

  • Abundant supplies of natural gas and oil lowered costs and increased refining volumes, resulting in a surge in plastic, rubber, resin and chemical manufacturing. These industries saw a combined employment increase of 2.6 percent across all metropolitan areas (2011-2012).
  • Energy-intensive manufacturing added more than 196,000 jobs and increased real sales by $124 billion in the nation’s metro areas from 2010-2012.
  • Energy-intensive manufacturing will expand by more than 1 percent annually nationwide through 2020, with 72 percent of those jobs going to U.S. metro areas.

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