While Barack Obama praises America’s natural gas jobs boom on the campaign trail, within in the walls of the White House he’s using a regulatory trick to kill off the affordable energy and good-paying jobs that safe, clean fracking provides.
“By suddenly reinterpreting a 50-year-old rule that limits truck drivers to 11 hours on the work site at a stretch, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has delivered an unexpected victory for environmental activists,” The Washington Examiner’s editorial board writes.
What does that have to do with fracking, and why are environmentalists suddenly obsessed with trucking laws?
“Truckers on drilling sites spend hours each day waiting around until one rig or another needs water or sand. This is why, ever since the 11-hour trucking safety rule was adopted in 1962, truckers who haul water and sand to drilling sites have been exempted. There is no issue of road fatigue, the focus of the 11-hour rule,” The Examiner writes
“The Transportation Department’s reinterpretation eliminates this exemption, disproportionately affecting sites where fracking is employed. Voila – environmental regulation without the hassles of justifying it scientifically, as would be required for an EPA action.”
“This is clearly an indication that somewhere up in the top echelons of this administration, there is a constant battle — a war going on — to try to artificially level the playing field between the oil and gas industry and the renewable [energy] industry,” Rep. Jeff Landry, R-La., told The Washington Examiner.
By changing the rules, with no public input or a vote by Congress, Obama has once again pledged his allegiance to the radical environmentalist fringe and not the American people.
“Critics of fracking often raise alarms about ground-water pollution, air pollution and cancer risks, and there are still many uncertainties. But some of the claims have little — or nothing– to back them up,” The Associated Press reports.
For example, reports that breast cancer rates rose in North Texas along with heavy gas drilling in the Barnett Shale are false, researchers told The Associated Press.
Fears that natural radioactivity in drilling waste could contaminate drinking water aren’t being confirmed by monitoring, either.
And concerns about air pollution from the industry often don’t acknowledge that natural gas is a far cleaner-burning fuel than coal…
…One of the clearest examples of a misleading claim comes from Texas, where gas drilling began in the Barnett Shale about 10 years ago.
Opponents of fracking say breast cancer rates have spiked exactly where intensive drilling is taking place — and nowhere else in the state. The claim is used in a letter that was sent to New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo by environmental groups and by Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of Gasland, a film that criticizes the industry. Fox, who lives in Brooklyn, has a new short film called The Sky Is Pink.
But researchers haven’t seen a spike in breast cancer rates in the area, said Simon Craddock Lee, a professor of medical anthropology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
David Risser, an epidemiologist with the Texas Cancer Registry, said in an e-mail that researchers checked state health data and found no evidence of an increase in the counties where the spike supposedly occurred.
And Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a major cancer advocacy group based in Dallas, said it sees no evidence of a spike, either.
“We don’t,” said Chandini Portteus, Komen’s vice president of research, adding that the group sympathizes with people’s fears and concerns, but “what we do know is a little bit, and what we don’t know is a lot” about breast cancer and the environment.
Yet Fox tells viewers in an ominous voice that “In Texas, as throughout the United States, cancer rates fell — except in one place– in the Barnett Shale.”
Lee called the claims of an increase “a classic case of the ecological fallacy” because they falsely suggest that breast cancer is linked to just one factor. In fact, diet, lifestyle and access to healthcare also play key roles.
Fox responded to questions by citing a news release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that doesn’t support his claim, and a newspaper story that Risser said is “not based on a careful statistical analysis of the data.”
When Fox was told that Texas cancer researchers said rates didn’t increase, he replied in an e-mail that the claim of unusually high breast cancer rates was “widely reported” and said there is “more than enough evidence to warrant much deeper study.”
One expert said there’s an actual psychological process at work that sometimes blinds people to science, on the fracking debate and many others.
“You can literally put facts in front of people, and they will just ignore them,” said Mark Lubell, director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior at the University of California, Davis.
There’s a gulf of facts between what Barack Obama said last night, and what the truth really is. And like any gulf of resources, Obama doesn’t want you exploring it.
American Tradition Partnership drills down to the truth for you. Obama’s claims on energy are in bold, and they are all false. The truth follows his statements.
“Over the last three years, we’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I’m directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources.”
Classic Obama sleight of hand. Like his radical Gang Green campaign bankrollers, Obama opposes energy development. But he knows that position will kill his campaign. His solution? Open land to permission to develop so he looks pro-jobs, but refuse to grant the permits so he shuts down jobs.
“…last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years.”
As even the reliably liberal Washington Post notes, “The Energy Department cited a host of reasons why foreign oil imports have declined, noting the main reason was “a significant contraction in consumption” because of the poor economy and changes in efficiency that began “two years before the 2008 crisis” — i.e., before Obama took office.”
“But with only 2 percent of the world’s oil reserves, oil isn’t enough.”
A lie. Many experts say the U.S. has around 10 percent of the world’s reserves, and American oil is often of a higher quality and easier to develop than other countries. The U.S. has enough oil to last over a century.
“This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.”
Through shutting down granting of permits on land, a moratorium on deep-sea development followed by a virtual moratorium by not approving permits and now attempting to kill the Keystone energy pipeline, Obama has consistently opposed oil and gas development, our most efficient source of energy and a key driver of new jobs and prosperity.
“We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy.”
Obama has worked to stop the permitting of gas wells, and his EPA cronies are working to outlaw the 60-year-old safe practice of “clean water extraction,” known as “fracking.”
“And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock…”
Clean water extraction, or “fracking” is a 60-year-old technology. It is not a product of Jimmy Carter-era government spending.
“Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.”
So-called “renewable” energy relies almost solely on “federal investments” (spending of taxpayer money) because it is too inefficient and expensive to be a practical source of power. Being forced to double wasteful spending to keep it alive and enrich his campaign donors is noting to brag about.
And research has shown so-called “green power,” backed only by government mandates and spending, destroys more jobs than it creates.
“We have subsidized oil companies for a century. That’s long enough. It’s time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that’s rarely been more profitable, and double-down on a clean energy industry that’s never been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits and create these jobs.”
The so-called “oil subsidy” he refers to is the business equipment depreciation deduction that ALL businesses get. What he proposes is to monkey with federal tax law to target just oil companies for a tax hike, then redistribute their money to his campaign bankrollers in the “green” energy racket.
“Of course, the easiest way to save money is to waste less energy. So here’s another proposal: Help manufacturers eliminate energy waste in their factories and give businesses incentives to upgrade their buildings.”
Like many of Obama’s failed proposals, he assumes private businesses do not know how to create profits, but his government planners do. In reality, this is just a scheme to transfer taxpayers’ money to his campaign supporters who have invested heavily in failed green businesses.
That’s the truth. Help me hold Obama accountable for his job-killing campaign of lies.
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Robert Bryce, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, exposes the lies of Gang Green in this guest editorial in the New York Daily News.
“A resurgent green movement is launching a multi-pronged counter-attack against the shale oil and gas boom in the United States that could slow, though ultimately not stop, development,” Reuters reports.
“Building upon their unexpected success in the battle against the Keystone XL pipeline, a renewed onslaught from environmentalists is putting the shale industry on the defensive while adding to costs, limiting expansion and potentially scuttling major projects.”
Make no mistake.
Gang Green has declared war on YOUR job.
With no energy, the economy dies.
Don’t let them win.
A new study conducted by the University of Texas and the radical environmentalist group Environmental Defense Fund finds no link whatsoever between hydraulic fracturing and groundwater contamination.
Safe, clean “fracking” has been conducted for 60 years, but radical environmentalists are just now making false accusations about the technology in a bid to scare Americans into opposing energy development.
“Prior reports, investigations and data gathered throughout the country on claims that the process often called fracking contaminated ground water so far don’t make the direct link, said Chip Groat, a UT geologist who is leading the study,” the Houston Chronicle reports.
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