Energy Policy *IS* Grassroots Politics
Compare and contrast these maps. First, the “undervote” by county in the recent Pennsylvania Democratic Presidential primary. The numbers in each county represent the proportion of voters in a Democratic primary who selected “no candidate” rather than vote for the incumbent, Barack Obama. Now, the distribution map of the Marcellus Shale:
Drilling Rigs in Pennsylvania! Hide the Womenfolk!
Democratic State Rep. Michael Sturla is apparently not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Speaking of the impact of the Marcellus Shale drilling boom on Pennsylvania, Sturla said: “Also, aside from building roads so their trucks can get to drill sites and doing a little stream work to mitigate damage from their road building, exactly what are all those things the drillers are doing for | Read More »
Natural Gas: A Tale of Two States
The states of New York and Pennsylvania have clearly divergent approaches to energy policy. New York is a long-time producing state which shares with its neighbor Pennsylvania the Marcellus Shale as an exciting resource with seemingly unlimited potential. Drilling has encountered roadblocks in New York, while next door, Pennsylvania is enjoying a boom of investment, good paying jobs, and mineral income for its citizens. On | Read More »
A Homegrown, Shovel-Ready Green Jobs Program — That Will Work!
Right now, today, we have an available source of energy that accomplishes the stated policy goals of the Obama Administration, by: Reducing our reliance on imported oil. Creating good-paying, green jobs for Americans. Reducing greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants. Providing affordable energy from a totally domestic, proven source in virtually inexhaustable amounts. Of course, nothing’s perfect. This energy source comes with some distinct DISADVANTAGES, being | Read More »