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MoveOn Announces Effort to Slow Fracking Boom
The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 10, 2014 | Lachlan Markay

Posted on 01/10/2014 3:26:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Leading left-wing advocacy group announced a new effort on Thursday to oppose innovations that are propelling the country towards a new abundance of domestically produced energy.

MoveOn bemoaned in an email to supporters the “troubling trend” of increased energy production, which is reducing the U.S. trade deficit, creating well-paying jobs, stabilizing global energy prices, and undermining the economic engine behind some of the world’s most repressive regimes.

MoveOn announced the creation of a new effort called “#FrackingFighter,” which “seeks to slow down the fracking boom that is anticipated to occur across the United States in 2014 and beyond.”

The increased use of hydraulic fracturing, an innovative oil and gas technique, has sent U.S. energy production skyrocketing, MoveOn said. It vowed to slow or reverse that trend.

Many environmentalist groups say they want government to adequately regulate the practice. MoveOn took a more radical approach, pushing activists to work “to ban fracking in their local communities.”

The effort was unveiled the same day that the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data showing that increased U.S. production is keeping global oil prices stable, reducing the U.S. trade deficit, and eating away at the global market share of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting States (OPEC).

MoveOn is aware of the trend, but says it is a negative – or “troubling” – one.

“Natural gas production in the United States, led by fracking, is predicted to increase by 56 percent over the next 26 years—propelling the country ahead of Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s top oil and gas producer,” the group’s email said.

Energy industry experts see hydraulic fracturing and the energy production boom it has unleashed as an economic positive for the nation.

“American shale gas is changing the balance of competitiveness in the world economy, giving the U.S. an unanticipated advantage,” according to Daniel Yergin, author of the Pulitzer-winning book The Prize: the Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power.

“Indeed, inexpensive natural gas is fueling a U.S. manufacturing renaissance, as companies build new plants and expand existing facilities,” Yergin wrote in a Wednesday column.

EIA data on the oil and gas sector shows that it is currently one of the few bright spots in the American economy.

Employment in the oil and gas sector increased by 40 percent from 2007 through 2012 EIA noted in a recent report, compared to a mere 1 percent increase in the labor market generally.

Oil and gas industry employees make an average of $121,400 per year, according to a recent survey, significantly more than the average American worker. The industry’s growth in wages has “helped fuel the biggest jump in U.S. wages in more than five years,” CNN reported in 2012.

The shale boom has also reduced energy prices in areas of the country that sit near large shale formations or have access to networks of oil and gas pipelines.

Pennsylvania, which has embraced hydraulic fracturing, is by far the fastest-growing natural gas producing state in the country. Its gas prices, meanwhile, are significantly lower than neighboring New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) has blocked the practice.

MoveOn’s efforts to scuttle technologies that have enabled these trends could put the group at odds with some of the nation’s labor unions, which have traditionally been MoveOn allies.

A host of labor unions backed a group founded in 2011 called Clean Growth Now that advocated for hydraulic fracturing and criticized Cuomo for his inaction on regulations that, at present, prohibit the practice in the state.

Union members protested the New York fracking moratorium, which they said was preventing job growth in a promising industry.

The fracking boom also has macroeconomic and even geopolitical implications, experts say.

“The geopolitical impact is already evident,” Yergin wrote. “For example, Iran is now seriously at the table in nuclear negotiations, which might well not have happened were it not for tight oil.”

Tom Donilon, the Obama White House’s former national security adviser, bolstered that assessment in a recent speech at the Aspen Institute.

“I’m not so sure that we could’ve pulled off the sanctions that we pulled off in Iran absent the increased production in energy,” Donilon said. “Our ability to produce and increase our production by over a million barrels per day was pretty critical.”

Some oil-rich Middle Eastern nations have publicly voiced concern about increased U.S. oil production, saying it may undermine their own oil-fueled economies.

New shale oil discoveries, Saudi Prince al-Waleed bin Talal recently told the Toronto Globe and Mail “are threats to any oil-producing country in the world.”

Yergin predicts that Middle Eastern OPEC nations “will continue to be an arena of great geopolitical importance, and its oil will be essential to the functioning of the global economy.”

“Overall, however, the shale-energy revolution does provide a new source of resilience for the U.S. and enhances America’s position in the world,” he wrote. “The emergence of shale gas and tight oil in the U.S. demonstrates, once again, how innovation can change the balance of global economic and political power.

MoveOn considers that a “troubling trend,” and is determined to put a stop to the innovations behind it.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: energy; fracking; moveon; shale
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1 posted on 01/10/2014 3:26:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Mental disease eats at that bunch. They all need to be rounded up and sent to Afghanistan.

2 posted on 01/10/2014 3:31:10 PM PST by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I hate MoveOn

3 posted on 01/10/2014 3:33:40 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Governor (Snyder MI) declares energy emergency due to temporary heating oil and propane shortage
4 posted on 01/10/2014 3:36:24 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Prosperoty is a bad thing????

5 posted on 01/10/2014 3:36:58 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dangerous place, the oil patch.

Big grindy diamond bits .. really deep holes .. heavy stuff everywhere .. mud that can hide a car forever .. no metrosexuals for miles & miles

Sounds like a good plan .. go for it, ya wankers ! !

6 posted on 01/10/2014 3:37:34 PM PST by tomkat (is my curmudgeon showing ?)
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To: Lion Den Dan

American prosperity is, to these people.

7 posted on 01/10/2014 3:38:40 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hatred of man is the only sane justification for this group’s actions.

8 posted on 01/10/2014 3:38:53 PM PST by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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

This includes a piece on how groundwater contamination is avoided:

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

9 posted on 01/10/2014 3:40:20 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Damn ObamaCare, full speed ahead!)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Link not working.

10 posted on 01/10/2014 3:44:53 PM PST by 05 Mustang GT Rocks
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

let these Moveon ‘activists’ show up in the north dakota oil communities and take them out with deer rifles from a quarter mile away .

Knock off a few and no more will come

11 posted on 01/10/2014 3:46:57 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No patience for these idiots. They are a threat to all Americans.

12 posted on 01/10/2014 4:11:15 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: tomkat

I read somewhere that the state police in North Dakota don’t even make a serious effort to look for missing people in the winter, they wait until the spring’s too risky for police, and the outcome is almost always poor.

13 posted on 01/10/2014 4:17:00 PM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie
I believe it.

Worked the patch thru a southcentral WY winter back in the day, and it was *not* a benevolent place.

Hell, it was pretty ornery in the summertime too .. lol !

14 posted on 01/10/2014 4:21:05 PM PST by tomkat (sharing the creed of our Founders)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We need "Phil" from Duck Dynasty to come out for Fracking to stop these radicals.

Boenher, McConnell, the RNC etc won't...

I spoke with my auto gnome a person of science, and not one for pet theories or conspiracies, and they said that the buzz is actually a question. And that is, is Natural Gas a renewable resource?

Apparently old well heads left alone for a bit and go back and she's producing again.

Wouldn't that be a paradigm changer and de-fang many of these greenie-weenie groups and their alternative schemes, if in fact it is renewable?

We keep forgetting, Natural gas is CH4 if my memory is correct and is as close as we can get to hydrogen as we can get....

15 posted on 01/10/2014 4:29:08 PM PST by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: tomkat

Best memories of my life are from the Oil Patch (gas patch for me) years of 1954-56 and 1960-1962. I would just as soon forget the rest of the years after 1962 till I joined the military.

16 posted on 01/10/2014 4:48:05 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: taildragger

Making crude oil out of thin air?

17 posted on 01/10/2014 4:51:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.)
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To: 05 Mustang GT Rocks
"Link not working"

Anyone else having the same problem? please let me know.

AND can someone help with solving it, as the link works correctly for me.

Have you tried copying and pasting the link address into your address bar?

or then click on drilling video

I'm sorry, but that's the limit of my technical expertise here.

18 posted on 01/10/2014 4:52:43 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (Damn ObamaCare, full speed ahead!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No mention of the “evil dude”.

19 posted on 01/10/2014 4:53:16 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
You were in the patch when I was bein' born .. bravo & thanks for keepin' the lights lit !

And yeah, some of those 'forgettable years' here too, but winter outside of Wamsutter, WY was an unforgettable experience.

Also did a stint with Halliburton in NW PA a few years later.
If I could drop 30yrs, and if what's left of my brain could handle it, I'd get that geology degree and go back with 'em for the long haul.

Oh well, spilled milk and all .. still, great experiences and irreplaceable memories .. added to which, PC had yet to poison everything !

20 posted on 01/10/2014 5:03:18 PM PST by tomkat
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