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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 ...

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.

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    The Energy Revolution: Finding Powerful Stories Everywhere by Marilyn Geewax The Energy Revolution: Finding Powerful Stories Everywhere by Marilyn Geewax Presentation Transcript

    • Title Slide The Energy Revolution: Finding Powerful Stories Everywhere Marilyn Geewax NPR Senior Business Editor mgeewax@npr.org @geewaxnpr
    • Geewax Marilyn Akron  Beacon  Journal   The  Atlanta  Journal-­‐ Cons4tu4on   Cox  Washington  Bureau   NPR  
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 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 feet. Let this ProPublica illustration explain… http://www.propublica.org/special/hydraulic-fracturing- national
    • 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%
    • Impact on Manufacturers Will Be Huge •  Dramatically lower energy bills. •  Cheaper “feed stock” for making fertilizers and bulk chemicals (ethylene). •  Cheaper transportation options.
    • 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. Oil rig in Williston, N.D., by Flickr user lindsey gee
    • 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 Don’t Want It •  Other Countries Produce So Much, It Gets Too Cheap
    • 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-into-u-s-factories
    • 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