10 Reasons Moms should care about energy independence

10. Smaller tab. An Aug. 6 article from The Wall Street Journal credits the oil boom with shrinking the U.S. trade deficit by 22 percent. That calls for a fist bump.

9. The Education Edge. Thru the OERB, Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry has invested nearly $28 million in student education.

8. Near the nest. One of every six jobs in Oklahoma is supported by the industry, so there’s a secure job for your kiddos close to home.

7. Triple Play. More jobs, economic stability and growth, and increased government revenue, both now and in the future.

6. School Houses Rock. More than $200 million dollars from taxes paid by Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry goes to state education funds.

5. Energy Out, Cash In. The U.S. is producing so much natural gas, there's talk of actually exporting it, meaning billions of dollars usually sent overseas to buy energy would instead stay here to create jobs and boost the economy.

4. No More Bullies. At least of the energy sort. Independence means we’re relying less on adversarial nations for oil.

3. Better Gigs. This natural gas production will lead to higher quality jobs for workers including pipe fitters, steel manufacturers and other related jobs.

2. Cheddar and Degrees. U.S. natural gas boom projected to add roughly $1,000 to the annual household budget by 2015. Now you can buy the good cheese and send your kids to college.

1. Jobs up for grads. Energy Independence will create 3 million jobs by 2020. So they won’t be crashing on your couch when they’re 28.

Did you know that our state is also home to some of the top university programs in the country in geology, petroleum engineering and energy management?

University of Oklahoma – Mewbourne School of Petroleum & Geological Engineering

Founded in 1927, The Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering is consistently rated among the top five petroleum engineering programs in the country. The School has placed 100 percent of the students graduating with a bachelor's degree for the past several years. MPGE graduates also command the top average starting salary for OU Norman campus graduates.

As a leading petroleum research institution, the Melbourne school has attracted an eminent faculty. Five faculty members have received the Society of Petroleum Engineering's Distinguished Achievement Award and three have served SPE as Distinguished Lecturers. Eight OU graduates have served as president of SPE.

Oklahoma State University - Boone Pickens School of Geology

The School is home to the Devon Visualization Facility, a new world-class computing teaching facility with 2D and 3D graphical modeling and projection equipment, as well as remote uplink capabilities. The laboratory includes an advanced graphics station, screens, projectors and Ethernet links enabling the use of cutting-edge technology with real-time and high-speed Internet access. In addition, two-way communication between the laboratory and Devon research teams is achieved through the use of SMART Boards to enhance interaction between Devon geoscientists and OSU students and faculty.

The University of Tulsa- McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering

The McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering enjoys an excellent national and international reputation. While teaching a balanced petroleum engineering curriculum, the school also is committed to discovery of new concepts and technologies in the areas of drilling, production, and reservoir engineering utilizing unique experimental facilities.

With growth in oil and natural gas drilling and production expected to continue over the next several decades, the industry will continue to need highly trained and skilled workers such as engineers, geologists and energy management professionals. Oklahoma's universities are working hard to fill the industry's coming needs - providing today's students with the knowledge and training needed to provide tomorrow's energy.


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1.Replace the five most-used bulbs in your house with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). They last up to 10 times longer than regular bulbs and can save you around $25 to $30 per bulb in energy costs over their lifetime.

2.Unplug appliances you are not using. Many draw electricity even when not in use.

3.Wash clothes in cold water. About 80 to 85 percent of the energy used for washing clothes is used to heat the water.

4.Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

5.Take a shower instead of a bath. A five-minute shower can use up to 50 percent less hot water than a bath


Can you identify which product is NOT made with petroleum?

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The answer is: Wooden Spoon

10 fun facts about energy

10. ICE, ICE BABY Besides being a heating fuel, natural gas has other cool uses like chilling the glycol used to produce ice for hockey and skating rinks.

9. TACKLE THE TEMPS. Many NFL teams tackle cold weather by warming their fields using tubes heated with natural gas. Bonus, it lets the turf grow in the winter.

8. Honoring History. Museums use natural gas-fueled equipment to help maintain the proper humidity for the conservation of art, fabrics and historic papers.

7. Keeping our feathered friends comfy. The Philadelphia Zoo uses natural gas to cool a greenhouse for a rare bird and one of the most endangered species in the world, the Micronesian Kingfisher.

6. Better Than a Cuckoo Clock. At night, every hour on the hour, a volcano erupts in front of the MGM Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. It's fueled by pina colada-scented natural gas. Umbrella drink anyone?

5. Beat the BRRR. Over half the homes in the America use natural gas as their main heating fuel.

4. A few hundred of your favorite things. Natural gas is used to manufacture paper, paint, fertilizer, brick, 64GB memory cards, medicine, and on and on.

3. Johnny Paycheck. Approximately four million Americans are employed either directly or indirectly by the natural gas industry.

2. Nose Worthy. Did you take the stinky stuff to the curb this morning? Natural gas is used to manufacture trash bags.

1. Fresh Air. When used to generate electricity, natural gas burns cleaner than other fuel sources, with less pollutants and no mercury. Ahhh, so much better.

Fun Facts from SpectraEnergy