Slimy Methods Used to Defeat Fracking and Oil

fracking.siDespite the fact the U.S. is highly dependent upon oil and natural gas, and it is scientifically dubious that their production and use is destroying the earth, environmental activists continue to expand their efforts to relentlessly get the energy sources stamped out of society. Now there is evidence these activists are hypocritically taking money from foreign oil interests to fund their campaigns.

Due to fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is now the biggest natural gas producer in the world. It is why U.S. gas prices have fallen in recent years. Fracking boosted North Dakota from the bottom fifth of poorest states per capita GDP to the second richest in 10 years. Fracking is probably the only thing keeping California from complete economic collapse, although maybe not for long since the state just passed very restrictive laws restricting the practice. Fracking currently takes place in 31 states. It is estimated that there are over 1.1 million active oil and gas wells in the U.S.

However, a growing number of members of Congress are in favor of banning the practice. Local cities and counties are implementing bans on fracking, or keeping it out through zoning laws. Vermont and New York have banned it, and Maryland has a moratorium in effect until 2017. New York was able to gin up support for a ban by having the state’s environmental agency conduct a seven-year review, which predictably concluded that fracking poses risks to land, water, natural resources and public health. Notably, this contradicted an EPA assessment which came out about the same time.

Read the rest of the article at the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research

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