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Latest News - July 2012

Opinion: EU Tax on U.S. Aviation Is Off Course | Jul 31 2012

By Stephen Eule

Every 4th of July, Americans celebrate the country’s founding with parades and fireworks. One defining event leading up to the Declaration of Independence was the Boston Tea Party of 1773. We all know the story: Colonists dumped shiploads of tea into Boston Harbor to protest a tea tax levied by the British Parliament without their consent.

US Chamber steps up campaign for more gas, oil development | Jul 27 2012

The US Chamber of Commerce, through its recently created Institute for 21st Century Energy, will lobby governors and state legislators to support shale gas and oil drilling, institute President and CEO Karen Harbert said Thursday.

US Chamber of Commerce launches national shale energy campaign | Jul 26 2012

The US Chamber of Commerce launched an advocacy campaign called Shale Works for US to show the general public how shale development can provide economic benefits to states, counties, and communities.

Karen A. Harbert, president of the US Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, said the benefits are widespread.

US Chamber of Commerce to promote shale boom in campaign | Jul 26 2012

* Chamber launching campaign in states like Ohio, Pennsylvania
* Chamber to stress the economic and job benefits

U.S. Chamber Tooting Shale's Horn in Ohio's Marcellus, Utica | Jul 26 2012

A series of recent reports highlights the economic benefits of the burgeoning gas industry in eastern Ohio's Utica and Marcellus shales and, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, shale energy "has the potential to be an economic game-changer" for the state and the nation.

Need-to-Know Energy: Dueling Shale-Gas Campaigns Ramp Up | Jul 26 2012

DUELING SHALE-GAS CAMPAIGNS RAMP UP. The two sides of the shale natural gas debate will be on full display over the next few days in Washington. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a multimillion-dollar campaign today to promote the economic benefits of shale natural gas development (key states in the campaign so far include Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia).

Morning Energy: Senate GOP to unveil energy package | Jul 26 2012

By Alex Guillen
With help from Darren Goode and Talia Buford
 

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING: U.S. Chamber rolls out campaign touting shale jobs | Jul 26 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a new campaign touting the economic benefits of shale gas development and warning against the federal government's efforts to regulate the practice.

The campaign, which was rolled out today at an event in Washington, D.C., targets Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and New York -- all of which contain recently discovered deposits of shale gas and oil that are accessible through hydraulic fracturing and are grappling with efforts to balance the industry's growth while ensuring air and water are protected. Pennsylvania and Ohio also are up for grabs in the presidential race, and energy issues are likely to be heavily discussed on the campaign trail.

Chamber, Sierra Club Wage Dueling Shale-Gas Campaigns | Jul 26 2012

The two sides of the debate over developing shale natural gas will be on full display over the next few days in Washington.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday is launching a multimillion-dollar campaign to promote the economic benefits of shale-gas production.

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: GOP, US Chamber seek energy traction | Jul 25 2012

STATE OF PLAY: Senate Republicans and a powerful business group will push a pro-drilling agenda with separate events on Thursday.

Off Capitol Hill, the energy arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday will launch what it calls a major campaign to “highlight the vast potential of shale energy.”

U.S. Chamber group adds voice to Marcellus debate | Jul 25 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is adding its voice in support of the new age of natural gas drilling in West Virginia.

The business advocacy group's Institute for 21st Century Energy is launching a campaign to promote the development of shale deposits deep beneath the region.

Agency launches shale gas campaign | Jul 24 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy has launched "Shale Works for US," a campaign "to galvanize support" for the shale gas industry, said Karen Harbert, the institute's president and chief executive officer.

US Chamber of Commerce launches 'Shale Works For US' campaign | Jul 24 2012

West Virginia has always relied on coal to drive its economy, but now some leaders are pushing an alternative. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was in Charleston on Tuesday to launch its "Shale Works For US" campaign.

US Chamber official makes case for shale energy in WV | Jul 24 2012

The world's largest business federation is throwing its weight behind shale gas, and one of its officials took the time to celebrate new "Shale Works for US" campaign in West Virginia on July 24.

Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said the Shale Works for US campaign educates the public about the burgeoning industry. The campaign, promoted at a news conference and other media events July 24, aims to promote the mission of building support "for the vast economic and energy security benefits of natural gas and oil produced from shale."

Need-To-Know Energy: Fracking Friends and Foes Fire Up Their Campaigns | Jul 24 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy on Thursday rolls out a new campaign aimed at highlighting the economic benefits of shale oil and gas fracking – such as increased income for local businesses and higher tax revenues for cities, states, and towns.

They Say Shale Works For US | Jul 24 2012

An official with an organization within the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says the benefits from natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale go beyond just the industry itself.

"What we're focusing on is the part that doesn't get covered a whole lot and that's the economic benefit across the economy," U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Vice President Chris Guith said.

Chamber officials lobby to keep shale costs low | Jul 23 2012

HARRISBURG -- Chamber of Commerce officials have begun a new effort to lobby officials in Pennsylvania and other states not to increase energy firms' costs for drilling and piping natural gas from underground Marcellus Shale.

Chamber officials from Washington and Harrisburg say they will spend millions of dollars on the new "advocacy and education" campaign, as they called it.

US Chamber to launch energy campaign in WV | Jul 22 2012

The U.S. Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy says it will launch a "major new energy campaign that will highlight the vast potential of shale energy" this week.

The news will be released at a press conference near Charleston on Tuesday.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce starts shale-energy promotion | Jul 22 2012

COLUMBUS -- A big player has arrived in Ohio to promote the benefits of shale energy.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said last week that it is launching a media campaign in Ohio to show how oil and gas drilling can transform the economy and to act as a counterpoint to environmental advocates who have raised concerns about the process.

"Shale Works for US" launched | Jul 20 2012

HARRISBURG - The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy Thursday launched a major campaign focused on building support for using shale energy resources in Pennsylvania.

The “Shale Works for US” campaign is a national effort designed to build support for the vast economic and energy security benefits of natural gas and oil produced from shale. The Institute for 21st Century Energy is the energy policy arm of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organization.

US chamber touts benefits of Pa. gas drilling | Jul 19 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa.—Pennsylvania business and government leaders are teaming up to promote the economic benefits of natural-gas drilling in the state.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy launched the campaign at the Capitol on Thursday.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Launches Pro-Marcellus Campaign | Jul 19 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a new promotional campaign aimed at promoting Pennsylvania’s natural gas drilling boom, as the AP reports:

Karen Harbert, head of the institute, says Pennsylvania’s program is part of a national effort to build support for the economic and energy benefits of natural gas that’s being extracted from shale formations. Similar efforts are under way in Ohio and West Virginia.

OIL AND GAS: Ohio is launching pad for U.S. Chamber offensive on shale development | Jul 19 2012

The Ohio effort launched this week is the first part of a national "Shale Works for US" campaign spearheaded by the Institute for 21st Century Energy, the chamber's energy policy arm. The chamber plans to launch the second phase of the campaign today in Pennsylvania and next week in West Virginia, said Matt Letourneau, a spokesman for the chamber's Energy Institute.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce launches pro-shale campaign | Jul 18 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a marketing campaign that will support drilling in the underground shale formations, which the group says can have a ripple effect across industries, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Trade groups form coalition in debate over vinyl in green building standards | Jul 18 2012

ANNAPOLIS, MD. (July 18, 5 p.m. ET) -- More than 27 building and construction associations have formed the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition to support the development of sustainable building standards that are based on consensus and scientific performance data.

The announcement of the new coalition is the latest salvo in the battle between chemical, plastic and vinyl manufacturers and the U.S. Green Building Council and its green building standard known as LEED -- the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

U.S. Chamber Launches 'Shale Works for US' | Jul 18 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The U.S. Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy Tuesday launched a new campaign focused on building support for utilizing shale energy resources in Ohio.

The "Shale Works for US" campaign is a national effort designed to build support for the vast economic and energy security benefits of natural gas and oil produced from shale, officials said. The Institute for 21st Century Energy is the energy policy arm of the U.S. Chamber, the world's largest business organization.

Kentucky Forward: Energy Realities and Opportunities | Jul 18 2012

Day two of Chamber’s Business Summit focuses on economy, energy, education

The luncheon keynote featured the U.S. Chamber’s Karen Harbert. Harbert serves as the President and CEO of the Institute for 21st Century Energy which seeks commonsense energy solutions to secure America’s future. The session, Energy Realities and Opportunities, provided listeners with a thorough portrayal of America’s current energy landscape and where we are headed over the next fifty years.

Pro-shale energy group launches Ohio awareness campaign | Jul 18 2012

Ohio needs to do more to prepare for what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says will be a positive economic impact from developing the state’s rich oil and natural gas-filled Utica and Marcellus underground shale fields, the organization said Tuesday.

The chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy introduced its new “Shale Works for US” campaign in Columbus, saying the ongoing marketing program involves in part sponsoring educational and advocacy events in Ohio and other states. The pro-shale development campaign, which was put together over the previous six months, will be aimed at the general public as well as businesses.

SHALE BENEFITS: Valley company cited as success story | Jul 18 2012

A company based in Trumbull County was one of three examples of Ohio success stories that were part of an event Tuesday in Columbus designed to focus on the economic benefits of shale development.

VEC has more than doubled in staff since shale development started in this area, said Chris Jaskiewicz, senior vice president/COO for VEC.

Alternative energy businesses: We create jobs, too | Jul 17 2012

Ohio has a vibrant alternative and advanced energy industry, according to a trade group that represents companies that are in that category.

Meanwhile, the companies in the oil and gas drilling industry say they’re concerned they’re not getting enough credit for the jobs they create. Christopher Guith with the US Chamber of Commerce says “the Shale Works for Us” campaign will draw attention to the impact of jobs directly related to drilling in shale deposits in Ohio – and in sectors outside that industry.

U.S. Chamber touts shale's potential in Ohio | Jul 17 2012

A big player has arrived in Ohio to promote the benefits of shale energy.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said today that it is launching a media campaign in Ohio to show how oil and gas drilling can transform the economy, and act as a counterpoint to environmental advocates who have raised concerns about the drilling process.

“Our campaign is focused on advocacy and education,” said Christopher Guith, vice president for policy at the chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy.

Congressman Upton Gets Endorsement Of US Chamber Of Commerce | Jul 16 2012

Congressman Fred Upton has another endorsement under his belt in his bid for another term on Capitol Hill. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is backing the St. Joseph Republican's reelection bid over GOP challenger Jack Hoogendyk of Kalamazoo. In a statement, Karen Harbert of the Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy said Upton has the leadership and experience that is needed to quote, "advance energy policies that will create jobs and growth."

Upton receives endorsement from U.S., Michigan and Kalamazoo chambers of commerce | Jul 16 2012

KALAMAZOO, MI – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton received a unified endorsement from national and local chambers of commerce Monday morning.
In an announcement at the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce, leaders touted his record of supporting domestic oil production and transportation improvements.

"Without affordable energy we cannot get back on our feet," said Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's energy division. "That's why it's so easy to stand up here early in the cycle and support (Upton)."

Using energy provides service to economy | Jul 11 2012

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