Let’s get fracking

The US is into fracking boots and all, and political opposition is waning. We need to be telling the Green Taliban to frack off and get cracking with the fracking here:

Political obstacles to oil and gas production are starting to fall away at the state and local levels as voters, elected officials and courts jump on the energy boom bandwagon.

Voters are rewarding local politicians who support production. Ballot measures are distributing potential tax windfalls broadly. And most state legislatures are focused on managing the economic and environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, so the drilling boom can speed up rather than slow down.

The trend is crucial to the nation’s energy future because oil and gas production is regulated and taxed almost entirely by state and local governments. The federal government’s role is largely advisory, except on federal lands and on pipelines.

“Fracking is happening and it’s not going to stop, so we have to take the high road of good regulation and taxes so communities are better off, not worse off, after it’s done,” says Ted Boettner, executive director of the liberal West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

Most states were caught off guard when fracking turned Pennsylvania into a major natural gas producer in 2009. Fracking could produce oil or gas in as many as 36 states. Result: The USA will become the world’s No. 1 producer of natural gas in 2015 and oil in 2017, overtaking Russia and Saudi Arabia, respectively, predicts the International Energy Agency.


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  • conwaycaptain

    The Royal Society, the pre eminent organisation of the best scientific brains in the world, hass issued a report on fracking and said that it is safe.
    Rather beleive them than Babny Face Hughes and Holly Rhodes Scholar

  • truthinblogging

    This one *has* to be have been ‘encouraged’ by PR firm $$$, surely.

    Maybe add the ‘$$$’ tag to paid for blog posts, or even ‘I’m a PR corporate opinion whore’

    • 4077th

      How about you do your research before you jump in with that sort of unsubstantiated comment. Had you bothered to be here for the same time as the rest of us you would know this is a familiar topic. Go back to cuddling the trees Russell nothing to see here!

    • WayneO

      Again? do you have anything else to comment on? Show some proof. Imagine if you leaked actual hard evidence? The world would bow down before you and honour your general all round awesomeness. But the reality is you are just a village gossip.

      Perhaps there are actually people out there who support this fracking activity and want to drive V8 cars, go fishing from a twin rig boat, race motorcycles and fire up a 2 stroke chainsaw without having to take out a second mortgage. Why? Because burning fossil fuel is FUN.

      Why don’t you add “I’m a boring and predictable wanker” to the top of your posts so we don’t have to read to standard fare of lies that sits below. Muppet.

    • Mediaan

      Money, no. You’re barking up the wrong tree. You will never find ugly behaviour if you keep looking for money.

      Influences, family occupations, honeytraps, things like that. Plus mind control at times.

      The PR industry is pretty visible and traceable. They publish lists of their clients in some industry media. Just go do some research.

  • 4077th

    A favored phrase of those aboard Battlestar Galactica

  • Fracking will become an irrestistable force worldwide including NZ. If we don’t do it we will be left behind. It will happen here and the sooner the better.

    • tspoon

      New Zealands Oil and Gas Industry has been fracking here for 15-20 years. Safely. No-one heard about it because there was nothing to hear. Until an organisation rapidly approaching irrelevancy, and casting around desperately for something, anything, to regain it’s glory days, siezed upon it as the preferred platform for its particular brand of ‘end of the world’ scaremongering.

  • Zephyr Cobalt

    For New Zealand to effectively recover from the damaging days of Fuhrer Helen we need to positively develop our natural resources. We have large reserves of oil, gas, coal, iron ore, and other minerals which the world needs. It seems crazy to continue to struggle through tough times when we could be enjoying improved incomes, lower taxes, fuller employment, and a healthier way of life for all.

    Meanwhile the Greens are desperate to find some headlines. It’s been a tough few months for them. The Labour wars have stolen their headlines and they are beginning to feel unimportant and irrelevant (which they are). So watch out for sensational unproven headlines and statements as they (the greens) clamour for some recognition.

    Wise people know that global warming, carbon credits, Kyoto agreements, and climate change are sick jokes promoted by the emotionally inadequate fear mongers.

    I say “Let’s choose the path to a positive recovery instead of the road to nowhere”.

    • Mitch82

      Yup. It’s the only way we’re going to get close to pay parity with Australia.

      • Mediaan

        Pay parity is merely a formula.

        We don’t want the actual Australia.

        Pay comes in a package with business. Australia’s business sector had better be better than their current headlines and hit tv series suggest.

        Talent2 … What a load of incompetent idiots, breaking time frames and delivering pay haggis. Appointed by Labour of course. Thank you Australia. But you have destroyed your intelligent reputation here. When will we ever buy services from the Aussies again, after this mess?

        Then there are Underbelly big crime thugs. Kel Knight, small goods butcher, of Kath and Kim. Hardly business stars.

        We love you as surf lifeguards, Australia. But not as business. The NZ public want security of wages and savings, some lifestyle ease and family happiness.

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  • Mitch82

    I have to wonder how much hooplah would have been made if the practice were called Cuddling instead of Fracking.

    • Vlad

      You are right about that Mitch82. If “gluten” has been called something like “naturen” we probably wouldn’t have had the first world epidemic of “intolerance” either.

      • conwaycaptain

        20 years ago when I first started going to teacher’s conferences to sell books there were no specail meals for people.
        Now you go and there is a table with gluten free, dairy free, sugar free etc etc. At the end of the meal some have never been touched.

        • Mitch82

          I help people out with training/diet on the side, so I’m pretty skeptical about diet fads. I do have a cousin who has legitimate coeliac, seen her when someone’s made the mistake of using something with gluten in her diet. But the fad side has been built into everything. I remember phases where everyone was manic depressive, anemic, and anything else that a celebrity suffered and a businessman promoted.

          Diet technology evolves at the same rate as shampoo and tampon technology – there’s a miraculous new discovery every month, and without fail, it’s always the same old shit.

          Funnily enough, the worst shit I’ve seen has come from the qualified dietitians, particularly the ones who my father used to see for his T2 Diabetes.

          • WayneO

            “Qualified” dieticians. Reminds me of the Southpark episode where the boys got advice from a dietician named Miss. Information.

        • Gazzaw

          CC, it’s the corporate caterer’s dream. No sugar, no dairy, no gluten, no pork, no ham, no nuts, no meat, no eggs. The list is fucken endless & every option means more on the catering bill. A friend runs a catering business and he has a regular client for whom he does the catering for their breakast meetings . It’s an old style Kiwi company with a hands on MD and the menu is always the same – cereal, bacon & egg rolls, hash browns & coffee. For no other reason than that the MD owns the company, he’s paying & if it doesn’t suit then BYO. A man after my own heart.

  • Patrick

    Labour whole heartetly support fracking, Cunliffe was fracked yesterday, Shearer will be fracked in February & Grant Robertson is a renowned fracker.