Ethanol, Keystone and Obama’s Climate Legacy
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Michael Whatley to discuss aggressive actions by the EPA to limit coal plants, the controversy over ethanol and the Keystone XL Pipeline.
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Debunking the War on Fracking
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by David Holt to discuss incorrect myths about fracking, the importance of natural gas in our economy and the latest on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
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Fracking: Drilling Past The Myths
It’s probably safe to say that most Americans are unaware of what the term “fracking” means. If you’ve heard of it, the details can be hard to pin down due to the controversy surrounding the method of gas extraction. With mainstream movies like Gasland and The Promised Land on their side, those opposing fracking have easily buried the truth below layers of myths. Fortunately, as | Read More »
Just the Fracks, Ma’am
Natural gas is a cheap, abundant American resource, and cleaner than all of its viable alternatives to boot. It would be hard for a reasonable person not to favor natural gas as a component of our national energy mix, but then anti-frackers like Josh Fox, Yoko Ono and their ilk put little value on being reasonable people. They are the neo-Luddites resisting a modern energy revolution, standing between the people and the prosperity promised by affordable domestic energy.
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Fact-Checking Matt Damon’s ‘Promised Land’
“Promised Land”, Matt Damon’s anti-fracking propaganda flick, is short on science, short on industry knowledge, and geographically confused.
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Will Obama Tap Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Lower Gas Prices Before the Election?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by David Holt to discuss Obama’s plans to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve before the election, the risk we would face with a depleted reserve should Israel attack Iran, and why fracking has an image problem. We’re brought to you by Stephen Clouse and Associates and The Heritage Foundation’s | Read More »
Shale Fracking: If it Keeps Moving, Regulate it
Shale technology coupled with horizontal drilling has created the biggest oil and natural gas boom in recent years. Fracking could become the most auspicious innovation of the past decade. It has already created thousands of jobs, and has the potential to drive down the cost of energy and reinvigorate our economy. Unfortunately, the more successful the private innovation, the more Obama’s regulatory regime will ensure | Read More »
Gasland’s Josh Fox Can’t Be Bothered with Facts
Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Josh Fox, he of the burning water tap, loves to scare people with the provocative word “fracking” and misleading images and claims of its potential to damage the environment, specifically groundwater. To wit, this screenshot of a cute little animated .gif at Fox’s website gaslandthemovie.com. It clearly depicts fractures from a horizontal gas well invading a freshwater aquifer. Scary! Now, consider the detail | Read More »
Fracking is Blamed for … Well, Everything, Really.
Blaming natural phenomena on fracking is this year’s fad, reminiscent of the mood ring, the pet rock or Anthropogenic Global Warming. Item 1. Vice-President of the United States Joe Biden may not know what hydrofracking is, but he does know that it sounds plenty scary. “… There’s a thing called fracking. They’ve got to go crack the rock in order to get [oil and gas] | Read More »
President Obama, Dr. Chu and Their Fracking Whopper
…[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 – reminding us that Government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground. – Barack Obama’s 2012 State of the Union Address On Thursday, Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu visited the National Energy Technology | Read More »
Coming Soon: FrackNation
Phelim McAleer and his wife Ann McElhinney are journalists and documentary filmmakers. You may remember Not Evil Just Wrong (2009), their takedown of Al Gore and Global Warming hysteria. Now they want to tell the truth about natural gas development and hydraulic fracturing in a full-length documentary titled FrackNation. McAleer says: FrackNation will skeptically examine some of the scarier claims made by anti-fracking activists and | Read More »
Twitter’s Uneasy Relationship with Free Speech and North Dakota’s Oil Boom
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss Twitter’s decision to sensor tweets, North Dakota’s oil boom and the challenges their rapidly growing economy faces. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you can do | Read More »
1. Despite a natural gas drilling moratorium in New York, that state’s Chemung and Broome Counties are feeling the economic lift from drilling next door in Pennsylvania. But to the New York Times, the ex-pat workers, largely from Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, have awfully low-brow tastes, don’t you know. (NYT link below the fold.) 2a & 2b. The Daily Beast seems to have turned over | Read More »
The New York Times and Its Anti-Fracking Cargo Cult
Another day, another distorted and fear-mongering attack from the Old Grey Lady on America’s natural gas industry. Headline: Add Quakes to Rumblings Over Gas Rush (originally published under the headline “Some Blame Hydraulic Fracturing For Earthquake Epidemic”; link may require subscription/signup) Nine quakes in eight months in a seismically inactive area is unusual. But Ohio seismologists found another surprise when they plotted the quakes’ epicenters: | Read More »
Drilling in New Jersey? No Fracking Way!
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued a conditional veto on a measure that would have imposed a permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing — a/k/a “fracking” — in the Garden State. Instead, Christie has suggested a year-long moratorium on the practice. The debate over fracking in New Jersey is mostly symbolic. New Jersey has exactly zero oil and gas wells. It is, however, the nation’s #7 | Read More »