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All Posts from September, 2013

Expanding economic opportunities for women: What works?

Posted: September 30, 2013 by Suzanne McCarron

One thing we have learned from working with developing nations over many years is that efforts to increase the economic participation of women yield tremendous positive impacts in subsequent generations. This fact is supported by decades of research of emerging economies.

Last week saw the publication of an important scientific study on methane emissions at natural gas well sites – a study that should help inform our public policy debates about hydraulic fracturing. It provides additional evidence that, when undertaken using industry best practices, hydraulic fracturing can produce shale energy safely and responsibly.

ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson gave the keynote address at a dinner following the Bush Institute conference I wrote about in my last post. Rex used the opportunity to lay out his thoughts on the roles that both government and industry must play to sustain innovation and spark economic growth.

Governors explain energy regulation

Posted: September 13, 2013 by Ken Cohen

The George W. Bush Institute held a thoughtful conference on energy regulation yesterday in Dallas. I was particularly struck by the panel discussion featuring governors from two states that know a thing or two about energy production.

The drop in GHG emissions over the last two decades is an environmental success story, with a number of characters playing significant roles. As it happens, the lead role has been turned in by the oil and natural gas industry.

Measuring Mitchell’s legacy

Posted: September 10, 2013 by Ken Cohen

Hydraulic fracturing pioneer George Mitchell was worth roughly $2 billion when he died. That’s an extraordinary amount of money. But it pales in comparison to the amount of new wealth created every year as a direct consequence of the shale energy revolution that George Mitchell helped bring into existence.

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