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Boom: California greens try, fail to pass a fracking moratorium
Hot Air ^ | 1:21 pm on June 11, 2013 | Erika Johnsen

Posted on 06/11/2013 10:41:47 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

I somehow managed to completely miss this from a couple of weeks back, but it’s an especially interesting and kind of epic piece of news from a state that’s home to some of the largest, most cultishly do-or-die green interests in the country and a legislature currently dominated by a liberal supermajority. When I first caught wind of the fact that Californians were getting ready to introduce a proposal to ban fracking, I suspected that they would definitely have a fighting chance of getting the thing passed — but it turns out that enough of California’s legislators are at least somewhat tuned in to the economic realities of hydraulic fracturing, and enough so to thwart the often overwhelming clout of the state’s many eco-lobbies.

Some quick background: At the moment, California is the fourth-largest oil producing state in the union, but production has been steadily declining while the state has been dropping plenty of cash on forcibly integrating wind and solar into their energy grid. California is also sittin’ pretty atop the as-yet untapped Monterey Shale, a formation estimated to be several times bigger than the Bakken Shale formation currently delivering an economic boom to North Dakota. The oil and gas industry isn’t quite there yet with the technology that would make extracting the formation’s resources economically worthwhile, but with the innovative leaps and bounds hydraulic fracturing has accomplished in just a few short years, it’s only a matter of time — and a moratorium would preemptively shut the whole thing down.

While wealthy and self-fancied green Californian districts seem all too ready to cut the opportunities off at the knees, poorer regions were noticeably less keen on a potential fracking ban. The WSJ knows what’s up:

Democratic leaders brought their fracking moratorium bill to the Assembly floor last week, and their rank and file revolted. The bill lost 37-24, with 12 Democrats joining 25 Republicans to defeat it. Another 18 Democrats abstained, and it’s a good bet they were “no” votes who didn’t want to publicly cross their leadership. This was a rare rout of the Sierra Club and other greens that denounce “fracking” for polluting water and inducing earthquakes, among other horrors. They blamed the oil and gas lobby, but that hides the real story.

The votes for the fracking ban came mainly from the wealthy, mostly white Democratic coastal districts—San Francisco, Santa Monica and Malibu. Opponents were mostly from central California, areas that are poor and minority, with rates of unemployment of 12% or more. …

A study by University of Southern California scientists funded by the oil industry estimates fracking would deliver 500,000 jobs over the next several years and $24.6 billion in state and local tax revenue in 2020 alone. If those numbers are even close to accurate, drilling could be a financial salvation for a state that has $167.9 billion in long-term liabilities…

Expect to continue to see the eco-zealots continuing to work their tailfeathers off impose deliberately onerous regulations on hydraulic fracturing and to sue oil and gas companies for various offenses, real or imagined, while they continue to completely ignore that their state is awash with debt and joblessness and the fact that the natural gas that could come out of increased hydraulic fracturing is one of the most effective and economical methods we’ve yet discovered for reducing the carbon emissions they claim to loathe so much.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: agenda21; energy; fracking; naturalgas; oil

1 posted on 06/11/2013 10:41:48 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Frack the Greens.


2 posted on 06/11/2013 10:46:36 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It is they only way state employee can expect to get their pensions. Purple isn’t that green.


3 posted on 06/11/2013 10:48:21 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (A bad hair day is not a mental issue, or is it?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Revolting Californians? What’s new?


4 posted on 06/11/2013 10:53:08 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: beethovenfan

Sounds like California Dems is Pennsylvania Dems.
Salivating at the thought of all the new revenue streams from fracking.


5 posted on 06/11/2013 10:53:24 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: colorado tanker

Burn the Eco-Zealots...


6 posted on 06/11/2013 10:56:17 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: ThomasThomas

“It is they only way state employee can expect to get their pensions. Purple isn’t that green”

That is exactly it. California needs the money(green).


7 posted on 06/11/2013 10:59:30 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Maybe the private sector union goons are finally waking up and realizing that the oil industry creates good paying jobs including union jobs.


8 posted on 06/11/2013 11:02:06 AM PDT by forgotten man
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
“Yeah, but we saw fire come out of a water faucet in a movie!

Also, the world's top scientist, al Gore, says that it's very bad, not only does it not make any money for him, it's doubleplus ungood!”

9 posted on 06/11/2013 11:02:10 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Gang Green? Frack em!


10 posted on 06/11/2013 11:09:10 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“but it turns out that enough of California’s legislators are at least somewhat tuned in to the economic realities of hydraulic fracturing,”

More likely the oil companies bought enough Dem votes.


11 posted on 06/11/2013 11:21:17 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Which they desperately need right now.
12 posted on 06/11/2013 11:23:59 AM PDT by dhs12345
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

California electric power production at least is very “green” as far as CO2 goes. There are no coal fired power plants in California. All in-state electric power is either nuclear, hydro or natural gas with some VERY minor wind and geothermal.

Some electricity is imported from Arizona that has a coal plant, and is rather hypocritically imported by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, aka the largest California public agency in the generation business and ostensibly the “greenest”.

California production of Nat Gas however will reduce out of state imports and so will have an effect, probably, in displacing other sorts of power plant fuels, but elsewhere.


13 posted on 06/11/2013 11:59:55 AM PDT by buwaya
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To: buwaya
Front page of the Orange County Register had a picture of San Onofrio Nuclear {lant that said:

SHUTDOWN COMING


14 posted on 06/11/2013 12:56:20 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; TEXOKIE

Who would’ve believed that some common sense would reappear in CA?


15 posted on 06/11/2013 1:08:46 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: Twotone

A tiny ray of sunshine! We’ll take our victories where we find them! Thanks for the ping!


16 posted on 06/11/2013 3:33:54 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

For those who want to see a short 6 minute video showing how horizontal drilling and fracking is done Northern Gas and Oil has done a great video.

This includes a piece on how groundwater contamination is avoided:

http://www.northernoil.com/drilling-video

Knowledge is power, keep the link and pass it on.


17 posted on 06/11/2013 3:45:49 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Except for one part, I agree with the video. An intermediate casing should have been installed and cemented from the base of the surface casing to the “kick off point” with the cement circulated to the surface in the annulus between the surface and intermediate strings.


18 posted on 06/11/2013 5:59:20 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

My bet is that this formation also extends "well" offshore.

It had to be said.

19 posted on 06/11/2013 11:16:44 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (An economy is not a zero-sum game, but politics usually is.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Prediction, once the Liberals and Greenies find out how much money can be had from government funding from fracking to pay for their pet projects and programs they will never want to go back.
20 posted on 06/11/2013 11:18:07 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What the legislator can’t pass will eventually be handled by the Air Resources Board.


21 posted on 06/12/2013 12:41:42 AM PDT by freds6girlies (many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. Mt. 19:30. R.I.P. G & J)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I think the Eco-Nazis need to pay at least $10/gallon for gasoline.


22 posted on 06/12/2013 12:45:03 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

If anyone wants to be on or off the Agenda 21 ping list, please notify me by Freepmail. It is a relatively low volume list in which we have been exploring the UN Agenda21 and related topics. We have collected our studies with threads, links, and discussions on the Agenda 21 thread which can be found here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2738418/posts

NEW ACTION THREAD:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2863065/posts

Post 128 of the Action Thread is a summary of the history of Agenda 21, “what they are doing”, “what to do about it” and a good bibliography for further reading.


23 posted on 07/17/2013 12:38:16 PM PDT by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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