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Fracking City has Lowest Unemployment Rate, Solar City has Highest Unemployment
FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/24/2014 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 03/24/2014 9:01:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Forget building this city on Rock and Roll and try Fracking instead. Just don’t try building it on solar power, wind power or pixie dust.

The U.S. metro area with the lowest unemployment rate is a shale oil boomtown. The one with the highest unemployment rate houses the world’s largest solar plant.

According to data released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Midland, Texas, has a 2.9 percent unemployment rate, the lowest in the country. Midland sits above the Permian Basin Shale, a massive formation that constitutes a large chunk of Texas’ booming shale oil industry.

The West Texas town is also one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country, which many attribute to its booming oil-fueled economy.

In contrast to the successes of those oil and gas boomtowns, Yuma, Ariz., is facing the highest unemployment rate of any U.S. metro area at a whopping 26.1 percent.

Yuma is the site of the Agua Caliente solar plant—the largest photovoltaic solar generation facility in the world.

Agua Caliente received a $967 million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2011. According to DOE, federal financing helped create 10 permanent jobs

1 billion dollars to 10 jobs. That’s only 100 million dollars a job. At that rate it will only take all the money in the world to create enough Green Jobs to end unemployment.

If only we had an industry that created revenues and jobs.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: energy; environment; fracking; solarenergy
RE: Fracking City has Lowest Unemployment Rate, Solar City has Highest Unemployment

Yes, but who has cleaner air and water? :)

1 posted on 03/24/2014 9:01:27 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The air in Midland is the same as it ever has been, which is clean, albeit dusty.

Our water is the same as it ever has been, which is clean, but darn hard on pipes.


2 posted on 03/24/2014 9:03:40 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m all for using fossil fuels, and conservation, as I am a conservative, and as such, use resources with a respect for our environment, and I do not treat it as a religion, but, what’s the word on fracking?

Is it so safe?


3 posted on 03/24/2014 9:05:24 AM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind
The reason NY hasn't taken it up is because they haven't figured out how many thousands of people they should hire to oversee this very old technology.

And of course, there's the taxes and the fines and how to get Fed funding.

I Love NY.....NOT!!

4 posted on 03/24/2014 9:08:34 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: MeanWestTexan

I would expect that if you are not in Midland for a job, or own a ranch there isn’t a lot of reason to be there which would support a low unemployment rate.Would also have to wonder if proximity to Indian reservation nera Yuma would drive up it’s unemployment rate.


5 posted on 03/24/2014 9:23:46 AM PDT by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

“Our water is the same as it ever has been, which is clean, but darn hard on pipes.”

Corrosive or just mineral buildup?


6 posted on 03/24/2014 9:25:02 AM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: stanne; MeanWestTexan

Here is the anlogy I use for understanding fracking:

Has anyone suffered broken bones or death ^directly attributable^ to a med-center injection for flu inoculation? This is near the same scale of activity.


7 posted on 03/24/2014 9:31:16 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: stanne
"Is it so safe?"

The same people who have brought you GoreBull warming have also produced a number of pseudo horror films on fracking (along the lines of "China Syndrome") to scare the gullible who won't inform themselves and wait on others to tell them what to think.

Fool me ounce, shame on you

Fool me twice, shame on me

8 posted on 03/24/2014 9:32:50 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: stanne

“Is it so safe?”

Yes.

There is 3 if not 4 layers of steel (pipe) between the fracking fluid and the fresh water.


9 posted on 03/24/2014 9:33:13 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks SeekAndFind.


10 posted on 03/24/2014 9:37:28 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: stanne

‘Is it so safe?’

The truth is, that millions have died, our environment has been scorched for generations to come and that the coming alien invasion to cleanse this planet of all galaxy harming oil lovers, is awaiting permission from the supreme Earthen leader, Vladimir Putin, before commencing.


11 posted on 03/24/2014 9:40:56 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: SeekAndFind

But... but.... but.... didn’t this Texas tracking cause the Los Angeles earthquake last week?


12 posted on 03/24/2014 9:41:34 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Solar is obviously underfunded and if you don’t agree you must be racist, er, hate the earth or something.


13 posted on 03/24/2014 9:42:02 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Izzy Dunne

fracking, dang it, fracking !

Dang auto-correct - I just taught it a new word...


14 posted on 03/24/2014 9:43:02 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: dblshot
Would also have to wonder if proximity to Indian reservation nera Yuma would drive up it’s unemployment rate.

More likely, its proximity to a wide open border with Mexico and generous federal subsidies which makes sitting on your ass and drawing a government check on this side of the border more attractive than working on the other side.

15 posted on 03/24/2014 9:46:03 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind
Fracking City has Lowest Unemployment...Solar City has Highest

Yes, but who has cleaner air and water? :)

That's kind of moot if you're flat broke, living under a bridge in a refrigerator box, and starving to death. :-)
16 posted on 03/24/2014 9:56:18 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: thackney

Ping.


17 posted on 03/24/2014 10:06:26 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: stanne
IS IT SAFE?

18 posted on 03/24/2014 10:11:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind

Fracking works, is safe, and is an economic powerhouse. Solar is flashy but an economic non starter till more advances occur in solar technology even then there is the problem of surface area requirements for solar and wind that will not be easily solved.


19 posted on 03/24/2014 10:18:19 AM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: fella

It’s the same kind of condescending bull we get from mds who have pompously pushed our medical care out if our hands into the hands of theirs and eventually the go we ment.

I have a science degree and many years of application of work Jim science

But people are so dumbed down there is no conversing

Do you know that since the Japanese nuke plant went bad both Germany and France have given up on nuke plants. It’s because they’re very safe, until they’re not


20 posted on 03/24/2014 10:22:51 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Delta Dawn

It’s the same small minded baloney I expect from an intelligent question. There’s no discussion just condescending opinion based on nothing

No conversation

I have a science degree, when I studied, we had questions and answers. Now it’s a lot of greed covered up with pushy opinions. If there are jobs and money everything is good. But you’re no different from amnesty pushers. If its good for corporations it’s good.

Joke about nukes all you want but even France and Germany great champions of the stuff have retreated after the Japan deal. They likely know a lot more than what’s already obvious. It’s a complete disaster


21 posted on 03/24/2014 10:28:11 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Condor51; SeekAndFind
"...living under a bridge in a refrigerator box, and starving to death...

You forgot to add: "...in a van down by THE RIVER!"

22 posted on 03/24/2014 10:31:49 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: stanne

Even more odious are those who unthinkingly toe the environazi line.


23 posted on 03/24/2014 10:34:34 AM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: rlmorel

See. I ask a question, and am accused of not thinking.

That’s unthinking of you.

Leave me out of your ignorance.


24 posted on 03/24/2014 10:40:54 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

The Saudis are paying for all the anti-Fracking propaganda, that should tell you everything you need to know.


25 posted on 03/24/2014 10:42:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Doesn’t fracking cause globull warming...and cause the missing airplane????


26 posted on 03/24/2014 12:06:12 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: stanne

What made you think I was attacking you? What I said was a statement of fact, I didn’t say anything like “if the shoe fits” or anything like that.

I would have thought you would have agreed with my statement.


27 posted on 03/24/2014 2:30:44 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: headstamp 2

Just minerals. It’s primarily well water in Midland.

Strong bones.


28 posted on 03/24/2014 3:24:59 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: IMR 4350; stanne

“There is 3 if not 4 layers of steel (pipe) between the fracking fluid and the fresh water.”

And several feet of cement behind pipe.

More to the point, fresh water is a couple hundred feet down. The Wolkcamp/Sprayberry formations where the fracing occurs in a horizontal well is about a mile down with billions of tons of granite on top of it. The fractures go 10-20 feet and have to be propped upon (due to the weight of all that rock) with some kind of proppant -— sand, whatever.

People used to blow nuclear bombs at the bottom of wells and not get a puff of dust up at the surface, to give an example.

This is a couple of pressure trucks and a lot of water.


29 posted on 03/24/2014 3:28:41 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Wolk = Wolf sorry.


30 posted on 03/24/2014 3:30:17 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

It’s actually “fracing”

No “K”

West Texas for “fracturing” that apparently caught on.


31 posted on 03/24/2014 3:32:38 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: SeekAndFind

... which was pretty much the case even before fracking came along ...


32 posted on 03/24/2014 3:38:18 PM PDT by x
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To: stanne
For your first question. It is safe. What would make you think otherwise?

When did France pull back from nuclear?
33 posted on 03/24/2014 4:14:51 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks


34 posted on 03/24/2014 4:29:01 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: SeekAndFind
1 billion dollars to {create} 10 jobs. That’s only 100 million dollars a job. At that rate it will only take all the money in the world to create enough Green Jobs to end unemployment.

Hey you stupid liberals out there... read this one!!! Eff you Al Gore...

35 posted on 03/24/2014 4:36:02 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: PA Engineer

from the Spectrum, Dec, 2013:

[in France] Legislation to be introduced early in 2014 could include a new nuclear electricity tax, which would help subsidize an accelerated transition toward renewables. A third-generation reactor under construction in Normandy since 2007 could be the country’s last.


36 posted on 03/24/2014 7:00:58 PM PDT by stanne
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To: SeekAndFind
Solar has a long, long way to go before it's viable. More breakthroughs are needed on it. A lot of 'em. Fracking is the way to go right now.
what’s the word on fracking? Is it so safe?
So far as we know. There are still some questions on it lately, in relation to contamination of groundwater through use of new methods, but it's nothing serious. We've been fracking since the 1940s with no problem.
37 posted on 03/24/2014 7:10:31 PM PDT by GAFreedom (Freedom rings in GA!)
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To: GAFreedom

No “k” in fraccing.


38 posted on 03/25/2014 6:28:01 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: GOPJ

Yep.
It’s all about the money, and the gullible.
And how much of our tax dollars are stolen from us at the point of a gun to force us to pay for it.


39 posted on 03/25/2014 6:38:59 AM PDT by RandallFlagg ("I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it." --Quigley)
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