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Are You Fracking With Me?

- September 21, 2016

Once A Supporter Of Fracking, Clinton Now Panders To The Far Left For Votes At The Expense Of American Energy


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • On the campaign trail, Clinton has declared that with her as President, there won't "be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place."
  • Clinton's anti-fracking, anti-American energy stance is a sharp reversal from the past, where she not only touted the benefits of fracking to produce more American natural gas, but actively used the State Department to promote fracking abroad.
  • Clinton's fracking flip-flop was a politically motivated pander to left-wing environmentalists in the middle of the Democrat primary, just one of several energy issues where Clinton "veered considerably leftward."
  • In opposing fracking, Clinton is now against a safe technique that has created jobs, grown the U.S. economy, lowered energy prices for consumers, and increased America's energy security.
  • Unlike Clinton, many prominent Democrats have rejected radical environmentalists and support fracking, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Governors John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and Jerry Brown (D-CA), and Obama's Energy and Interior Secretaries.

CLINTON TURNED AGAINST FRACKING THIS YEAR IN A CAVE TO RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS

During A March 2016 Democratic Debate, Clinton Said Fracking Was "Not Sufficiently Regulated," And Under A Clinton Presidency, There Wouldn't "Be Many Places In America Where Fracking Will Continue To Take Place." CLINTON: "So by the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place. And I think that's the best approach, because right now, there are places where fracking is going on that are not sufficiently regulated. So first, we've got to regulate everything that is currently underway, and we have to have a system in place that prevents further fracking unless conditions like the ones that I just mentioned are met." (Hillary Clinton, CNN Democratic Primary Debate, Flint, MI, 3/6/16)

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Clinton's Answer Showed That She Wants "To Stringently Regulate" Fracking At The Federal Level. "Asked about 'fracking' - an oil and natural gas extraction technique that involves injecting chemicals deep below the planet's surface - Clinton said that she would seek to stringently regulate the process." (Matthew Nussbaum, "How Clinton And Sanders Differ On Fracking," Politico , 3/6/16)

Clinton's Reversal On Fracking Was Another Example Of Her Giving In To Left-Wing Environmentalists In The Midst Of A Close Primary

Clinton's "Promise" To Aggressively Regulate Fracking "Signifies Her Continued Shift To The Left On Environmental Issues." " Hillary Clinton's promise during a debate Sunday to aggressively regulate fracking deepens the divide between Republican and Democratic presidential candidates on oil and gas development and signifies her continued shift to the left on environmental issues." (Jennifer Dlouhy, "Clinton Doubles Down Against Fracking, Raising Alarms," Bloomberg, 3/7/16)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial: By Opposing Fracking, Clinton Followed Bernie Sanders "Further To The Left" And "All But Declared Herself Opposed To America's Shale Natural Gas Revolution." "Hillary Clinton keeps following Bernie Sanders further to the left, and on Sunday she all but declared herself opposed to America's shale natural gas revolution. Even President Obama has tried to take credit for the domestic energy boom that has driven down the price of gas, home heating and more for Americans, but not Mrs. Clinton." (Editorial, "Clinton Against American Energy," The Wall Street Journal, 3/7/16)

Clinton "Veered Considerably Leftward During Her Primary Campaign" On Energy Issues, Not Only Flip-Flopping On Fracking But Coming Out Against Keystone And Offshore Drilling. "The Democratic front-runner has already veered considerably leftward during her primary campaign, however, coming out against the Keystone pipeline as well against the Obama administration's initial willingness to drill off the Arctic and Atlantic coasts. In a debate last month, she also laid out a series of conditions she would require fracking operations to meet, including steps to prevent water pollution and leaks of greenhouse gases." (Elana Schor, "Clinton-Sanders Fracking Fracas Heats Up," Politico, 4/14/16)

Clinton's Anti-Fracking Stance Was Strongly Criticized As Harmful And Unrealistic

The Wall Street Journal Editorial: As Secretary Of State Clinton Promoted Fracking, But Now She Wants To "Regulate Out Of Existence The Livelihoods Of Tens Of Thousands" Of Americans. "This is a new look for Mrs. Clinton, who promoted fracking around the world as Secretary of State. In 2010 she popped into Krakow to announce a global shale initiative, and in 2012 she dropped by Bulgaria to encourage the parliament to end a fracking moratorium. But now that she wants to be President she would regulate out of existence the livelihoods of tens of thousands in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, and across the U.S.A." (Editorial, "Clinton Against American Energy," The Wall Street Journal, 3/7/16)

The Washington Post Editorial: Clinton Would "Shut Down A Lot Of Fracking" And Go Beyond What Is "Environmentally Wise." "Clinton indicated that she would shut down a lot of the fracking that is going on across the country, which goes beyond the Obama administration's calmer position on the matter - and beyond what would be politically sustainable or environmentally wise. But at least Clinton admitted that fracking's risks can be managed without shutting down the industry, rightly putting the focus on how to regulate it." (Editorial, "Fractured Thinking On Fracking," The Washington Post , 3/9/16)

In Opposing Fracking, Clinton Is Taking A Stand Against "A Technique That Is Essential For Most Of The Country's Oil And Gas Production." "Both contenders for the Democratic party's nomination in this year's US presidential election have taken strong stands against hydraulic fracturing, a technique that is essential for most of the country's oil and gas production." (Ed Crooks, "Clinton And Sanders Talk Tough On Fracking," The Financial Times, 3/7/16)

Clinton's Near-Ban On Fracking Is A "Completely Unrealistic Energy Policy" That Would "Shut Off The Vast Majority Of Domestic Energy Production" In The U.S. "Jason Hutt, chair of the environmental and natural resources practice at Bracewell, a law firm, said he did not expect a total or near-total ban on fracking to take effect if Mr Sanders or Mrs Clinton became president. 'You can't just shut off the vast majority of domestic production in this country: that's a completely unrealistic energy policy,' he said." (Ed Crooks, "Clinton And Sanders Talk Tough On Fracking," The Financial Times, 3/7/16)

JUST TWO YEARS AGO, CLINTON WAS A FRACKING SUPPORTER

Clinton's Anti-Fracking "Comments Marked A Shift," As Prior To The Debate, Clinton "Generally Supported Fracking." "The comments marked a shift for Clinton, who, like President Barack Obama, has generally supported fracking, while insisting methane leaks must be plugged and steps taken to ensure the practice doesn't contaminate water." (Jennifer Dlouhy, "Clinton Doubles Down Against Fracking, Raising Alarms," Bloomberg, 3/7/16)

Before Running For President, Clinton Touted The Benefits Of Greater Natural Gas Production

At Harry Reid's 2014 Energy Summit , Clinton Said That "The Boom In Domestic Natural Gas Production Is An Example Of American Innovation Changing The Game." CLINTON: "There are challenges here to be sure. But the boom in domestic gas production is an example of American innovation changing the game, and if we do it right, it can be good for both the environment and our economy." (Daryl Elliot, "NCES 7.0 Summary Report: Full Speech From Hillary Clinton," Clean Technica, 9/8/14)

In Her 2014 Book Hard Choices, Clinton Lauded Natural Gas Development For Creating "Tens Of Thousands Of New Jobs" And Giving The U.S. A Competitive Advantage Over Other Economies. "The boom in domestic energy production, especially in natural gas, created major economic and strategic opportunities for our country. Expanded energy production created tens of thousands of new jobs, from oil rigs in North Dakota to wind turbine factories in South Carolina. Cheap and plentiful natural gas is helping drive down costs for energy-intensive manufacturers and giving the United States a big competitive advantage over places like Japan and Europe, where energy prices remain much higher." (Hillary Clinton, Hard Choices, 2014, p. 522)

As Secretary Of State, Clinton The Department To Promote Fracking Abroad

PolitiFact: "Clinton Clearly Supported The Practice [Of Fracking] As Secretary Of State." (Linda Qui, "Does Hillary Clinton Support Fracking?," PolitiFact, 4/13/16)

PolitiFact: "We Found Instances Of Clinton And The State Department Talking Up Fracking To Latin America, The European Union, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Bulgaria, Pakistan, China And India." (Linda Qui, "Does Hillary Clinton Support Fracking?," PolitiFact, 4/13/16)

"In Some Cases, Clinton Personally Promoted Shale Gas" As Secretary Of State. "In some cases, Clinton personally promoted shale gas. During a 2010 gathering of foreign ministers in Washington, DC, she spoke about America's plans to help spread fracking abroad. 'I know that in some places [it] is controversial,' she said, 'but natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel available for power generation today.' She later traveled to Poland for a series of meetings with officials, after which she announced that the country had joined the Global Shale Gas Initiative." (Mariah Blake, "How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking To The World," Mother Jones, 9/10/14)

Clinton's State Department Particularly Promoted Fracking In Asia And Eastern Europe. "In an ironic twist, Halliburton is also helping to advance the interests of Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department. State has begun promoting hydraulic fracturing abroad, particularly in Asia and Eastern Europe, because it sees strategic opportunities in developing natural-gas resources in those regions to check Russia's influence." (Coral Davenport, "A Little Help From Haliburton," National Journal, 3/22/12)

In 2010, Clinton's State Department Founded The Global Shale Gas Initiative, Which Advised "Many Foreign Countries On Fracking." "The State Department's Global Shale Gas Initiative, begun in 2010, has been advising many foreign countries on fracking. It has organized a half-dozen trips this year for foreign officials to meet with American energy experts and to visit drilling sites in the United States." (Ian Urbina, "Hunt For Gas Hits Fragile Soil, And South Africans Fear Risks," The New York Times, 12/30/11)

In A 2010 Energy Summit With Foreign Ministers, Clinton Said "The United States Will Promote The Use Of Shale Gas" And Offered The Aid Of The U.S. Geological Survey To Assist Countries In Developing Their Shale Resources. CLINTON: "Sixth, the United States will promote the use of shale gas. Now, I know that in some places is controversial. But natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel available for power generation today, and a number of countries in the Americas may have shale gas resources. If developed, shale gas could make an important contribution to our region's energy supply, just as it does now for the United States. And the geologists at the U.S. Geological Survey are ready to work with partners to explore this potential. And we want to do it in a way that is as environmentally respectful as possible. So there are some best practices that we would be more than willing to share, and as countries develop the legislation or regulation necessary for this industry, to make sure it gets off on the best foot." (Secretary Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Energy And Climate Partnership Of The Americans Ministerial , Washington, DC, 4/15/10)

UNLIKE CLINTON, MANY PROMINENT DEMOCRATS HAVE REJECTED RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISTS AND BACK NATURAL GAS FROM FRACKING

Clinton Supporter Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), In 2014: "Overall, The Democrats Throughout The Country Have Supported Fracking. The President Has, Most Of Us Have, And It's Worked Quite Well." MSNBC HOST JOE SCARBOROUGH: "Pennsylvania is creating jobs across the state of Pennsylvania that's not being created across New York State because this governor, the state legislature are overregulating fracking. Why don't we bring good jobs to upstate New York? They need good jobs. You're their senator. What do you say to Albany to get those good jobs that are in Pennsylvania in upstate New York?" SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "Well I haven't stepped on the Governor's issue on this one. He's being very, very careful because there are environmental concerns." SCARBOROUGH: "We have people out of work in upstate New York, should he be a little less careful?" SCHUMER: "Overall, the Democrats throughout the country have supported fracking. The president has, most of us have, and it's worked quite well." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 5/5/14)

  • When Asked If He Would Like To See Fracking In His State Of New York, Schumer Said "I Sure Would." MSNBC HOST JOE SCARBOROUGH: "Would you like to see it in upstate New York?" SCHUMER: "Well it has to be done carefully…" SCARBOROUGH: "If it's done carefully, would you like to see it in upstate New York?" SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): "If the governor feels it's going to be done carefully, I sure would [Laughing]." SCARBOROUGH: "Wow." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 5/5/14)

Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO), A Clinton Supporter, Testified In A 2013 Senate Hearing That He Actually Drank A Glass Of Fracking Fluid To Show That The Liquid Is Safe. " Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper went to unusually great lengths to learn firsthand the strides the oil and gas industry has made to minimize environmental harm from fracking. The first-term Democrat and former Denver mayor told a Senate committee on Tuesday that he actually drank a glass of fracking fluid produced by oilfield services giant Halliburton. The fluid is made entirely 'of ingredients sourced from the food industry,' the company says, making it safe for Mr. Hickenlooper and others to imbibe." (Ben Wolfgang, "I Drank Fracking Fluid, Says Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper," The Washington Times ¸ 2/12/13)

Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA): Banning Fracking "Doesn't Make A Lot Of Sense." NBC NEWS POLITICAL DIRECTOR CHUCK TODD: "But considering how much water, by the way, is used for fracking, isn't that alone, your water crisis in California, isn't that alone enough reason to prohibit fracking or temporarily stop it?" GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN (D-CA): "No, not at all. First of all, fracking in California has been going on for more than 50 years. It uses a fraction of the water of fracking on the East Coast for gas, particularly. This is vertical fracking for the most part. It is different. California imports 70% of our petroleum products. Our cars drive over 330 billion miles, mostly on petroleum. If we reduce our oil drilling in California by a few percent, which a ban on fracking would do, and we import more oil by train or by boat, that doesn't make a lot of sense." (NBC's "Meet The Press," 3/22/15)

Obama's Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, Said The Shale Boom Is "Helping To Increase [America's] Economic Competitiveness And Significantly Reduce Our Carbon Emissions." " We are producing more natural gas in the United States than ever before which is helping to increase our economic competiveness and significantly reduce our carbon emissions. Of the natural gas consumed in the United States in 2011, about 95 percent was produced domestically. The Energy Information Administration (EIA-an independent statistical arm of DOE) predicts U.S. natural gas production will increase by 44 percent from 2011 to 2040, growth that will be almost 100 percent attributable to shale gas production." (Ernest Moniz, Committee On Appropriations, United States Senate, Testimony, 4/29/14)

Obama Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Criticized Fracking Bans, Saying They Are Based On "Misinformation" And That These Efforts "Don't Understand The Science" Behind Fracking. " 'I would say that is the wrong way to go,' Jewell told KQED Friday about local fracking bans. 'I think it's going to be very difficult for industry to figure out what the rules are if different counties have different rules.' Jewell said local and statewide bans on fracking often stem from fears about the controversial practice, in which drillers pump fluids into wells at high pressure to break shale and extract more oil or gas. But often those fears are not founded in sound science, she said. 'There is a lot of misinformation about fracking,' Jewell told KQED of New York's decision last month to ban fracking. 'I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don't understand the science behind it, and I think there needs to be more science.'" (Timothy Cama, "Interior Secretary Criticizes Fracking Bans," The Hill, 1/2/15)

CLINTON HAS TURNED HER BACK ON THE ECONOMIC BOON AND ENERGY INDEPENDENCE FRACKING HAS GENERATED

USA Today Editorial: Fracking Has "Created Jobs, Boosted Domestic Manufacturing And Brought The USA Closer To Energy Independence." "Voters deserve a more thoughtful answer. Fracking has gone from an exotic drilling technique to a commonplace procedure that has spurred a remarkable U.S. energy boom and now produces about half of all U.S. oil and gas. This boom has created jobs, boosted domestic manufacturing and brought the USA closer to energy independence." (Editorial, "Keep On Fracking: Our View," USA Today , 4/18/16)

Fracking Has Grown The U.S. Economy, Creates Jobs, And Benefits Consumers

A 2016 Report From IHS Concluded That The Fracking Boom Had Added $190 Billion To U.S. GDP, Contributed To 1.4 Million Jobs, And Produced $156 Billion In Additional Disposable Income. "The U.S. economy experienced significant gains in 2015: IHS estimates that economic benefits from increased domestic shale gas production and the accompanying lower NG prices include contributions of $190 billion to real gross domestic product (GDP), 1.4 million additional jobs, and $156 billion to real disposable income." (Brendan O'Neil, Phil Hopkins, and Julie Gressley, "The Economic Benefits of Natural Gas Pipeline Development On The Manufacturing Sector," IHS Economics, 5/16)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial: As A Result Of "The Fracking Boom," Americans Have Saved $32 Billion In Energy Costs Since 2012, With Most Of The Benefits Going To Low-Income Families. " The average price of natural gas plummeted some 60% between 2008 and 2012 thanks to the fracking boom, and families saved $32 billion in 2012 through lower energy bills, according to Mercator Energy. The poor benefit most, as low-income families must spend more of their earnings on energy bills. Yet Democrats who profess to care for the poor want to disavow lower-cost energy." (Editorial, "Clinton Against American Energy," The Wall Street Journal, 3/7/16)

According To The Brookings Institution, The Shale Gas Boom Has Cut Natural Gas Prices Nearly In Half Compared To Where They Would Be Without Fracking. "The recent shale gas boom ("fracking") in the United States has been beneficial to the economy, dropping natural gas prices 47 percent compared to what the price would have been prior to the fracking revolution in 2013, and has improved the economic well-being of consumers $74 billion per year." (Catherine Hausman and Ryan Kellogg, "Welfare And Distributional Implications Of Shale Gas," The Brookings Institution, 3/19/15)

Fracking Has Furthered U.S. Energy Independence And American Energy Security

USA Today Editorial Board: Fracking Has Helped Push The Country Closer To Energy Independence. "Fracking now accounts for 56% of U.S. natural gas production and 48% of oil output, according to the Energy Information Administration. The boom has helped make America the world's No. 1 producer of oil and gas, and it has pushed the nation much closer to energy independence than almost anyone dared hope in the 1980s and 1990s." (Editorial, "Fracking, With Care, Brings Big Benefits: Our View,"USA Today , 7/5/15)

The U.S. Energy Information Administration Has Said The United States' Number One Energy Production Status Is "Directly Attributed" To The Shale Boom And Fracking. "Increases in U.S. petroleum and natural gas production over the past several years are directly attributed to production from tight oil and shale gas formations." ("United States Remains Largest Producer Of Petroleum And Natural Gas Hydrocarbons," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 5/23/16)

  • The United States Has Been The World's Number One Oil Producing Nation Since 2013 And The World's Number One Natural Gas Producing Nation Since 2011. "The United States remained the world's top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons in 2015, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates. U.S. petroleum and natural gas production first surpassed Russia in 2012, and the United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2011 and the world's top producer of petroleum hydrocarbons since 2013." ("United States Remains Largest Producer Of Petroleum And Natural Gas Hydrocarbons," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 5/23/16)

Fracking Has Been Shown To Be Safe

USA Today Editorial: "The Idea That Fracking Is Too Dangerous Ignores Science And The Experience Of Tens Of Thousands Of Fracked Wells." "The idea that fracking is too dangerous ignores science and the experience of tens of thousands of fracked wells. A landmark Environmental Protection Agency study last year found some cases of groundwater contamination from fracking, but no evidence of widespread problems - proof that fracking can be done safely. Fracked or not, any oil or gas well can leak contaminants into groundwater if the well is handled poorly, but safe drilling methods have been widely understood and used for decades." (Editorial, "Keep On Fracking: Our View," USA Today , 4/18/16)

Former Obama Administration Interior Secretary Ken Salazar: "I Would Say To Everybody That Hydraulic Fracking Is Safe," And Fracking "Is Creating An Energy Revolution In The United States Alone." "Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are two technological innovations that have helped improve US energy efficiency and security, he said. '(Hydraulic fracturing) is creating an energy revolution in the United States alone,' Salazar said. He recognized the concerns many environmentalists have with the process, often called fracking, that pumps high-pressured water into holes drilled in the ground to extract gas and oil. Environmentalists are concerned the process contaminates water and air quality, along with other environmental impacts. 'I would say to everybody that hydraulic fracking is safe,' Salazar said." (Lindsey Anderson, "Former Interior Secretary Lauds U.S. Energy Improvements During NMSU's Domenici Conference," Las Cruces Sun-News, 9/18/13)

Former Obama Energy Secretary Steven Chu Said Anti-Fracking Environmentalists Were Pushing A "False Choice" Between Fracking And Safety, Saying "This Is Something You Can Do In A Safe Way." "Environmental groups have campaigned for stricter controls on fracking. But Chu said it is a 'false choice' to say that the country must decide between inexpensive natural gas and preserving the environment. 'This is something you can do in a safe way,' he said." (Dan Gearino, "Obama's Former Energy Secretary Says Fracking Can Be Done Safely,"The Columbus [Ohio] Dispatch , 9/18/13)

Obama's EPA Has Defended Fracking And Released A Report In 2015 That Concluded "There Was No Evidence" That Fracking Caused Widespread Water Pollution. "The opposition to fracking from Mrs Clinton and Mr Sanders marks a breach from President Barack Obama, who has allowed domestic oil and gas production to flourish, taking only modest steps to regulate the industry at a federal level. The administration's Environmental Protection Agency concluded last year that there was no evidence that fracking had caused widespread water pollution." (Ed Crooks, "Clinton And Sanders Talk Tough On Fracking," The Financial Times, 3/7/16)

  • "The Environmental Protection Agency Considers Shale Gas To Be Clean Energy." (Linda Qui, "Does Hillary Clinton Support Fracking?," PolitiFact, 4/13/16)

A 2016 Study By The Two Federal Agencies Responsible For Offshore Drilling Found That Fracking "Has No 'Significant' Environmental Impact." "Federal regulators ruled Friday that offshore hydraulic fracturing has no 'significant' environmental impact off California's coast. The two agencies responsible for offshore drilling, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), finalized a pair of environmental study documents Friday regarding the impact findings. 'The comprehensive analysis shows that these practices, conducted according to permit requirements, have minimal impact,' BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper said in a statement. The research by the agencies analyzed both fracking and other well stimulation techniques in the 23 offshore drilling platforms that have operated off California's coast from 1982 to 2014." (Timothy Cama, "Feds Clear California Offshore Fracking," The Hill, 5/27/16)

FRACKING HAS BENEFITED PENNSYLVANIA'S ECONOMY, CREATING JOBS AND REDUCING ENERGY PRICES FOR CONSUMERS

The Fracking Boom Has Created Jobs And Grown Pennsylvania's Economy

According To The U.S. Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania Increased Its Natural Gas Production By 800 Percent From 2010 To 2015 Because Of Fracking In The Marcellus Shale. "Pennsylvania's natural gas production was more than eight times larger in 2015 than in 2010 because of development of the Marcellus Shale." ("Pennsylvania, State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 7/21/16)

  • Previously A Natural Gas Importer, Under The Shale Boom, Pennsylvania Is Now Exporting Natural Gas To Other States. "Until recently, Pennsylvania depended on interstate pipelines from the Gulf Coast to supply natural gas, but, with Marcellus Shale production, the state can meet its own demand. Pipelines are being reconfigured to send natural gas from Pennsylvania to the Midwest and the Gulf Coast." ("Pennsylvania, State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration , 7/21/16)

According To The Pennsylvania Department Of Labor And Industry, In 2015 There Were More Than 72,000 Jobs In Pennsylvania That Are In Or Depend On The Natural Gas Industry. "The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry has released newly calculated Marcellus Shale job numbers, finding that as of the second quarter of 2015, there were an estimated 72,675 people in Pennsylvania employed either in natural gas extraction development, by suppliers to the industry, or at companies that provide goods and services to the industry's employees." ("Marcellus Shale Update," Pennsylvania Department Of Labor And Industry , 2015)

  • The Wall Street Journal Editorial: By Opposing Fracking, Clinton Wants To "Regulate Out Of Existence The Livelihoods Of Tens Of Thousands" Of American Workers, Including Many In Pennsylvania. "This is a new look for Mrs. Clinton, who promoted fracking around the world as Secretary of State. In 2010 she popped into Krakow to announce a global shale initiative, and in 2012 she dropped by Bulgaria to encourage the parliament to end a fracking moratorium. But now that she wants to be President she would regulate out of existence the livelihoods of tens of thousands in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Arkansas, and across the U.S.A." (Editorial, "Clinton Against American Energy," The Wall Street Journal, 3/7/16)

A 2013 Study By The Manhattan Institute Found That Where Fracking Occurred In Pennsylvania, Those Counties Had Higher Income And Job Growth From 2007-2011 Than Counties In The State Which Had No Fracking. "Between 2007 and 2011, per-capita income rose by 19 percent in Pennsylvania counties with more than 200 wells, by 14 percent in counties with between 20 and 200 wells, and by 12 percent in counties with fewer than 20 wells. In counties without any hydrofracking wells, income went up by only 8 percent. It is important to note, too, that counties with the lowest per-capita incomes experienced the most rapid growth. Moreover, counties with more than 200 wells added jobs at a 7 percent annual rate over the same time period. Where there was no drilling, or only a few wells, the number of county jobs shrank by 3 percent." (Diana Furchtgott-Roth and Andrew Gray, "The Economic Effects Of Hydrofracturing On Local Economies: A Comparison Of New York And Pennsylvania," The Manhattan Institute, 5/13)

A 2011 Report Published By The Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia Found That Pennsylvania Landowners Will Receive $200 Billion In Royalty Payments Over The Lifetime Of The Marcellus Shale. "The landowners' estimated share of royalty value per well, which typically drains 80 acres, is around $2.5 million and will be paid out over the lifetime of the well. This could lead to Pennsylvania landowners receiving an estimated $200 billion over the life of the Marcellus Shale development." (Timothy W. Kelsey, Ph.D. and Thomas B. Murphy, "Economic Implications Of Natural Gas Drilling In The Marcellus Shale Region," The Federal Reserve Bank Of Philadelphia's Cascade , Summer 2011)

A 2012 IHS Study Projected That Fracking Would Add More Than 387,360 Jobs To The State By 2035. ("America's New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the US Economy Volume 2: State Economic Contributions," IHS, 12/12)

  • IHS Projected That Fracking Would Add Over $49 Billion Annually To Pennsylvania's Economy By 2035. ("America's New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the US Economy Volume 2: State Economic Contributions," IHS, 12/12)

The Fracking Boom Has Benefitted Pennsylvania Households, Reducing Energy Bills And Consumer Prices

The Average Price Of Natural Gas For Households In Pennsylvania Fell By More Than A Quarter From 2008 To 2014, From $16.22 Per Thousand Cubic Feet In 2008 To $11.77 In 2014. ("Pennsylvania Price Of Natural Gas Delivered To Residential Consumers," U.S. Energy Information Administration, Accessed 9/21/16)

  • According To The U.S. Energy Information Administration, Half Of Pennsylvania Households Use Natural Gas As The Primary Heat Source For Their Homes. "Half of all households in Pennsylvania use natural gas as their primary heating fuel, but electric power sector consumption has grown rapidly in recent years to surpass the residential sector as the state's largest natural gas consume." ("Pennsylvania, State Profile And Energy Estimates," U.S. Energy Information Administration, 7/21/16)

According To Research From The Brookings Institution, The Fracking Boom And Increased U.S. Natural Gas Production Has Provided $220 In Benefits To The Average Pennsylvania Consumer. (Catherine Hausman and Ryan Kellogg, "Welfare And Distributional Implications Of Shale Gas," The Brookings Institute, 3/19/15)

Former Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) And A Majority Of Pennsylvanians Support Using The Technology To Develop Natural Gas

Former Pennsylvania Democrat Governor Ed Rendell, A Clinton Surrogate, Supports Fracking And Has Said Fracking Critics Are Pushing "A False Choice." "New York has a healthy band of vocal critics right now who continue to push a false choice: natural gas versus the environment. But as the former Democratic governor of a major natural gas-producing state, I know we can enjoy the benefits of gas production while also protecting the environment." (Ed Rendell, Op-Ed, "Why Cuomo Must Seize The Moment On Hydrofracking," [New York] Daily News, 3/27/13)

  • Rendell: In Pennsylvania, The Economic Benefits From Fracking "Were Significant." "Pennsylvania put in place strong oversight while allowing development throughout the Marcellus Shale - and the economic benefits were significant. Thousands of solid jobs with good salaries were created, communities came back to life and investment in the state soared. The steel, lumber, concrete and construction industries, as well as manufacturing purchases and retail spending, all benefited from the ensuing natural gas boom." (Ed Rendell, Op-Ed, "Why Cuomo Must Seize The Moment On Hydrofracking," [New York] Daily News, 3/27/13)
  • Rendell: "Natural Gas Results In Great Jobs For Hardworking Americans, Cleaner Air, More Affordable Energy And More Efficient Use Of Our Domestic Energy Resources." "Like with any energy resource, extracting and developing natural gas comes with some risk. But when that risk is well managed, natural gas results in great jobs for hardworking Americans, cleaner air, more affordable energy and more efficient use of our domestic energy resources." (Ed Rendell, Op-Ed, "Why Cuomo Must Seize The Moment On Hydrofracking," [New York] Daily News, 3/27/13)
  • Rendell: "Thousands Of Solid Jobs With Good Salaries Were Created, Communities Came Back To Life And Investment In The State Soared." "Thousands of solid jobs with good salaries were created, communities came back to life and investment in the state soared. The steel, lumber, concrete and construction industries, as well as manufacturing purchases and retail spending, all benefited from the ensuing natural gas boom. According to economic research firm IHS, shale gas contributed about $7 billion to Pennsylvania's gross domestic product. And, the study says, that number will double in 2015." (Ed Rendell, Op-Ed, "Why Cuomo Must Seize The Moment On Hydrofracking," [New York] Daily News, 3/27/13)

According To A June 2015 Poll From Robert Morris University, 57 Percent Of Pennsylvanians Support Fracking. "A poll by The Robert Morris University Polling Institute shows 57.1 percent of Pennsylvanians in support of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," which injects millions of gallons of water laced with small amounts of chemicals a mile beneath the earth and breaks up shale formations, releasing a bounty of natural gas. Nationally, the figures showed 55.9 percent of Americans hold the same view." ("Fracking Enjoys Strong Support From Pennsylvanians," Robert Morris University, 6/16/15)


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