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Shale natural gas is huge, says U.S. Chamber of Commerce study

By Bob Downing Published: October 23, 2012

From the U.S. Chamber of Commerce:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A comprehensive new study co-sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy demonstrates that shale energy will create millions of jobs and trillions in investments over the coming decades.

The Energy Institute partnered with other associations to sponsor a report produced by IHS CERA, a leading independent global energy research firm. The study, America’s New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the U.S. Economy, is the first-ever to examine the impact of shale energy development across the country and provide concrete numbers to help Americans understand how beneficial the impacts of shale could be.

“We’ve known for some time that shale energy is truly a game-changer for America—and now we can prove it,” said Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the Energy Institute. “This new, comprehensive study demonstrates that shale energy is already contributing over $200 billion to our economy, with much more to come, if policymakers at all levels of government don’t stand in the way.”

The study shows that shale energy development has created 1.75 million jobs over the past few years alone. By 2015, shale and unconventional energy will be responsible for 2.5 million jobs; by 2020, 3 million, and by 2035, 3.5 million.

“The growth of unconventional oil and gas production is creating a new energy reality for the United States,” said Daniel Yergin, IHS vice chairman and author of The Quest. “That growth has not only contributed to U.S. energy security but is a significant source of new jobs and economic activity at a time when the economy is a top priority.”

In 2012, shale energy is responsible for $62 billion in tax revenue. Between now and 2035, shale energy development is expected to contribute more than $2.5 trillion in total tax revenue—more than half of which will go to states and localities. Overall, between now and 2035, the energy industry will invest more than $5.1 trillion in energy development.

“Although the exploration and production of energy from shale in Ohio is in the very early stages, we are already seeing a boost to our economy,” said Linda Woggon, executive vice president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Ohio Shale Coalition. “This new study further demonstrates that Ohio will see thousands of new jobs and millions in new investment. This means increased money for our communities and families as well as exciting new opportunities for Ohio businesses.”

In addition to the benefit to our economy, there is a tangible benefit to America’s energy security from shale. Shale oil production has helped increase domestic production of oil by more than 25 percent over the last four years. By 2015, oil production is expected to increase by 46 percent over 2008, and by 2020, there will be a 68 percent increase—predominantly because of shale.

The effect of this increase will be to reduce oil imports. By 2020, the study shows that net oil imports will decrease by 60 percent, reducing America’s spending on imported oil by $200 billion.

The IHS CERA study released today is the first in a three-part series designed to shed light on the impact of shale. Part one of the study focuses exclusively on the impact of operations surrounding the extraction of oil and gas (referred to as “upstream” operations.) A second study will be released that will quantify the impacts of shale by state. The final installment will examine the entire economic impact of shale, including components like manufacturing and chemicals (known as “downstream” operations).

The U.S. Chamber’s Energy Institute partnered with the American Petroleum Institute, American Chemistry Council and Natural Gas Supply Association to sponsor the study.

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