Title Slide
The Energy Revolution:
Finding Powerful Stories
Everywhere
Marilyn Geewax
NPR Senior Business Editor
mgeewax@n...
Geewax
Marilyn
Akron	
  Beacon	
  Journal	
  
The	
  Atlanta	
  Journal-­‐
Cons4tu4on	
  
Cox	
  Washington	
  Bureau	
  
...
Geewax
Marilyn
•  Currently senior business editor for NPR’s
National Desk
•  She was the national economics
correspondent...
What We Will Explore Today
•  The Energy Revolution: Is It A Big Deal?
•  So Really, What is Fracking?
•  How Does This Af...
Oil and Gas Drilling Is Booming
Production Has Shot Up as Fracking Has Grown
EIA data
U.S Output Is Growing as Consumption and
Imports Decline
EIA Data
“Saudi America” Is Becoming an
Exporter of Energy
EIA Data
The Change
Has Come
Quickly
EIA data
•  What's Happening in Texas
So How Does Fracking Work?
1) You need a lot of water
2) And you need a lot of steel pipe to drill
down as far as 10,000 f...
Natural Gas Consumption
By End Users
EIA Data
Electric power
Industrial
Residential
Commercial
Lease and plant fuel
Transp...
Impact on Manufacturers
Will Be Huge
•  Dramatically lower energy bills.
•  Cheaper “feed stock” for making fertilizers
an...
Switch From Coal to Natural Gas
Will Help Energy-Hungry Industries
Makers Of Steel And Other Metals Will Benefit
Dow Chemical Expands in Texas
Trucking Fleets and Railroads
Are Switching To Natural Gas
Jobs Are Growing
BLS says energy-production workers average $35.15 an hour
Fair To Say the Energy Sector is
Creating A Lot Of Jobs
•  North Dakota is
looking great,
with 3.3 percent
unemployment.
O...
Booming Oil Industry Struggling
to Fill Job Openings
What Could Go Wrong?
•  Environmental Impact Is Just Too Negative
•  Not As Much Gas And Oil As We Thought
•  People Just ...
Many Worry That Fracking May Release
Methane, Harm Ground Water and Trigger
Earthquakes
Some Skeptics Say Industry Is Over-
Estimating the Potential
People In Many States Just Don't
Want to Live Next to Fracking
Easy-to-Find
Local Angles
in TX, OH, PA,
ND, LAhttp://www.npr.org/2013/03/28/175483517/cheap-
natural-gas-pumping-new-life...
But Stories Can Be Found Almost
Everywhere, Even Mainehttp://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=fa...
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Marilyn Geewax presents "The Energy Revolution: Finding Powerful Stories Everywhere," a session offered by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism as part of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association's annual conference, Aug. 23, 2013.

For more information about training for business journalists, please visit businessjournalism.org.

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The Energy Revolution: Finding Powerful Stories Everywhere by Marilyn Geewax

  1. 1. Title Slide The Energy Revolution: Finding Powerful Stories Everywhere Marilyn Geewax NPR Senior Business Editor mgeewax@npr.org @geewaxnpr
  2. 2. Geewax Marilyn Akron  Beacon  Journal   The  Atlanta  Journal-­‐ Cons4tu4on   Cox  Washington  Bureau   NPR  
  3. 3. Geewax Marilyn •  Currently senior business editor for NPR’s National Desk •  She was the national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers’ Washington Bureau. •  Prior to 1999, worked for the Cox flagship paper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. •  Geewax earned a master’s degree at Georgetown University, where she focused on international economic affairs. •  From 2001 to 2006, Geewax taught a business journalism class as an adjunct professor at George Washington University.
  4. 4. What We Will Explore Today •  The Energy Revolution: Is It A Big Deal? •  So Really, What is Fracking? •  How Does This Affect Manufacturing? •  How Does The Revolution Create Jobs? •  Environmental Impact? Obstacles? •  How can you find local angles?
  5. 5. Oil and Gas Drilling Is Booming
  6. 6. Production Has Shot Up as Fracking Has Grown EIA data
  7. 7. U.S Output Is Growing as Consumption and Imports Decline EIA Data
  8. 8. “Saudi America” Is Becoming an Exporter of Energy EIA Data
  9. 9. The Change Has Come Quickly EIA data •  What's Happening in Texas
  10. 10. So How Does Fracking Work? 1) You need a lot of water 2) And you need a lot of steel pipe to drill down as far as 10,000 feet. Let this ProPublica illustration explain… http://www.propublica.org/special/hydraulic-fracturing- national
  11. 11. Natural Gas Consumption By End Users EIA Data Electric power Industrial Residential Commercial Lease and plant fuel Transportation (pipeline & vehicle fuel) & other 36% 28% 16% 11% 5 % 3%
  12. 12. Impact on Manufacturers Will Be Huge •  Dramatically lower energy bills. •  Cheaper “feed stock” for making fertilizers and bulk chemicals (ethylene). •  Cheaper transportation options.
  13. 13. Switch From Coal to Natural Gas Will Help Energy-Hungry Industries Makers Of Steel And Other Metals Will Benefit
  14. 14. Dow Chemical Expands in Texas
  15. 15. Trucking Fleets and Railroads Are Switching To Natural Gas
  16. 16. Jobs Are Growing BLS says energy-production workers average $35.15 an hour
  17. 17. Fair To Say the Energy Sector is Creating A Lot Of Jobs •  North Dakota is looking great, with 3.3 percent unemployment. Oil rig in Williston, N.D., by Flickr user lindsey gee
  18. 18. Booming Oil Industry Struggling to Fill Job Openings
  19. 19. What Could Go Wrong? •  Environmental Impact Is Just Too Negative •  Not As Much Gas And Oil As We Thought •  People Just Don’t Want It •  Other Countries Produce So Much, It Gets Too Cheap
  20. 20. Many Worry That Fracking May Release Methane, Harm Ground Water and Trigger Earthquakes
  21. 21. Some Skeptics Say Industry Is Over- Estimating the Potential
  22. 22. People In Many States Just Don't Want to Live Next to Fracking
  23. 23. Easy-to-Find Local Angles in TX, OH, PA, ND, LAhttp://www.npr.org/2013/03/28/175483517/cheap- natural-gas-pumping-new-life-into-u-s-factories
  24. 24. But Stories Can Be Found Almost Everywhere, Even Mainehttp://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=178651276&m=178651245
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