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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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American Energy is Creating Stronger, Growing Communities

american energy  fracking  jobs  Economy  Energy Security  keystone xl pipeline  exports 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 8, 2014

San Antonio Express-News: The oil and gas boom brought about by new drilling technology is drawing people to shale plays like iron filings to magnets.New census data show a population surge as the oil boom draws workers and families to oil fields around the country. Some of the nation's fastest-growing communities include Midland and Odessa in the Permian Basin and three cities near North Dakota's Bakken Shale field: Williston, Dickinson and Minot. The rapid increase in drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale has spilled into San Antonio.

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Energy Exports – America’s Opportunities

energy exports  lng exports  crude oil  economic growth  keystone xl  oil sands  fracking 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 4, 2014

Opponents of Natural Gas Exports Have It All Wrong

WSJ MarketWatch (Furchtgott-Roth): Americans opposed to the export of U.S. natural gas give many reasons for their position. But almost all of them are wrong.

The problem is that people underestimate the amount of this country’s natural gas and the potential effect exports could have on the world market.

Russia has swallowed parts of Georgia and Ukraine. No one is proposing that America send soldiers to defend those countries, even though we guaranteed Ukraine’s sovereignty in 1994 under the Budapest Memorandum. Instead, we can help our allies by diminishing Russia’s economic power over them. And that power rests on oil and gas.

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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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Free Trade Benefits Consumers and Economy

crude oil  exports  energy exports  job creation  economic growth  trade 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 31, 2014

new study by ICF International makes the case for lifting trade restrictions that prevent the export of U.S. crude oil – consumer savings, job creation, domestic production growth and more:

  • $5.8 billion in consumer savings a year, on average, between 2015 and 2035 due to falling costs of gasoline, heating oil and diesel fuel.
  • Up to 300,000 additional jobs created in 2020, both due to higher oil production and U.S. consumers having more money to spend on goods and services.
  • As much as a 500,000 barrels-per-day rise in domestic oil production in 2020.
  • A $22 billion decrease in the U.S. trade deficit in 2020.
  • Economic growth totaling as much as $38 billion in 2020, with an average GDP increase of up to $27 billion a year through 2035.
  • An additional $15 billion to $17 billion invested in domestic exploration, development and production between 2015 and 2020.
  • An increase of as much as $13.5 billion in federal, state and local government revenues in 2020.

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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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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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Please, Let Us Buy LNG From America

lng exports  lng  trade  energy department 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 25, 2014

Because Lithuania has a front-row seat to the current Ukraine-Russia crisis, the appearance of the country’s energy minister at a Senate hearing on U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports was especially timely. Jaroslav Neverovič had a pretty simple message to the United States: We need U.S. natural gas.

Neverovič probably was the most anticipated of the witnesses at the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s hearing, the first led by Sen. Mary Landrieu, the panel’s new chairman. Neverovič:

“At present, we are completely – 100 percent – dependent upon single supplier of natural gas and, as a result, are forced to pay a political price for this vital energy resource. Lithuanian families and businesses pay 30 percent more for natural gas than citizens in other European countries. This is not just unfair. This is abuse of monopolist position.”

The minister said while Lithuania is taking steps to achieve energy independence, it needs help.

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Energy’s Growing Role in a Stronger America

lng exports  trade  economic growth  keystone xl pipeline 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 25, 2014

U.S. to Become Top LNG Exporter, Experts Say

Fuel Fix.com: HOUSTON — The U.S. is poised to become the top exporter of liquefied petroleum gas — more commonly known as propane or butane — within just a few years, officials with research analyst IHS said Monday.

By the 2020s, the U.S. likely will displace top LPG exporters including Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, said IHS Senior Director Walt Hart, during the IHS International LPG Seminar in Houston. The domestic supply of propane and butane is on the rise, produced along with the booming output of U.S. shale gas. But the domestic market for propane and butane is relatively flat, several experts said.

That’s not the case abroad. While most U.S. LPG exports go to Latin America today, a growing portion likely will go to Asia as demand there rises, in part due to its use as a fuel source for heating and cooking but also because of its role as a feedstock for the manufacture of petrochemicals.

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Momentum Builds for U.S. LNG Exports

lng exports  natural gas benefits  trade  job creation  innovation 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 24, 2014

U.S. Energy Boom May Signal New Export Era

Los Angeles Times: In a Louisiana swamp several miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico, about 3,000 construction workers are building a massive industrial facility to liquefy natural gas, preparing for a new era when the U.S. will begin exporting energy around the globe.

The $12-billion project is one of the largest single industrial investments in the nation, part of a massive transformation of the energy sector that has led to a boom in drilling, transportation and refining from coast to coast.

Five years ago, the idea of exporting U.S. gas and oil was not only unheard of, but, in the case of most U.S. crude oil, illegal. At that time, the United States was facing a future of dwindling domestic supplies and vulnerability to foreign producers. It was anxiously building facilities to import natural gas, worried about ever-higher prices and building much of its foreign policy on the need to secure energy supplies.

But U.S. energy production has boomed with the technological revolution of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, and the ability to tap newly accessible massive reserves. The nation surpassed Russia in 2009 as the largest producer of natural gas and is expected to zip past Saudi Arabia next year to become the largest oil producer in the world.

Now, the U.S. energy industry is pushing for a new era of exports.

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