Hmm: Obama considering fracking proponent for Energy?

posted at 6:01 pm on February 8, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Huzzah! …Er, maybe? Hopefully? When I say “proponent,” I mean that in the sort of weak-tea, oh-so-careful, still-a-greenie-enthusiast, bureaucratic sense of the word, and I don’t want to speak too soon (Lisa Jackson was a kind of Fracking “Supporter” In Name Only), but… at least it isn’t one of those fossil fuel-loathing, hardcore eco-zealots currently lobbying President Obama so hard against the practice of hydraulic fracturing altogether. Although, I doubt he thinks it would be politically wise to nominate that type of candidate anyway, despite his epic born-again climate-change championing. That’s just not the way the world is headed, and I suspect he’s looking to build an administration ready to start really touting natural gas as a great middle ground that fits in nicely with his ostensible “all of the above” approach. Reuters reports:

President Barack Obama is considering naming nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz, one of his science and energy advisers, as the next energy secretary, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

Moniz, who was undersecretary at the Energy Department during the Clinton administration, is a familiar figure on Capitol Hill, where he has often talked to lawmakers about how abundant supplies of U.S. natural gas will gradually replace coal as a source of electricity.

Moniz is director of MIT’s Energy Initiative, a research group that gets funding from industry heavyweights including BP, Chevron, and Saudi Aramco for academic work on projects aimed at reducing climate-changing greenhouse gases. …

Moniz would bring scientific acumen to the job, but he also has worked closely with industry and promoted natural gas as a “bridge fuel” to lower carbon pollution while new innovative forms of energy are being developed.

I know this is Obama we’re talking about, so obviously the green-energy subsidies and pious regulations are not going away, and we won’t be fully turning on the tap with our drilling operations, but at least this guy sounds willing to acknowledge and even promote the simple fact that natural gas (and, by extension, hydraulic fracturing) is a pragmatic boon to the the environmentalist goal of cutting down on carbon emissions — something that greenies and eco-lobbies seem readily eager to neglect when expending their devout protesting energies to completely eliminating the practice of fracking. So, he’s got that going for him. Little victories, right?

The shale oil-and-gas industries may be booming, but America’s policies, regulations, and infrastructures are not up to date with the abundance that hydraulic fracturing has unleashed in the past few years. If — if — President Obama is serious about actually giving the oil and natural gas revolution some of the credit it deserves (and this guy needs all the economic help he can get), the new Energy secretary will need to be up to the task:

A boom in North American oil production is under way, thanks in part to technological advances that are unlocking millions of barrels of oil that were previously inaccessible. But as these new supplies are extracted, they are facing logistical and policy hurdles above ground. …

But it is no secret that once the oil is extracted from wells in the country’s midsection, it often faces a long and complicated journey to refineries, many of which are located on the coasts.

Transportation bottlenecks are one of the main reasons why US crude trades at a discount to international benchmarks. …

Some may see this as a choice between keeping American oil within US borders for reasons of economic security and allowing the US to generate billions of dollars in new export revenues. But market realities suggest a far simpler decision ahead: either US crude is shipped abroad or it stays in the ground.


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I am going to be popular for this post.

American boys and girls are endowed by their creator with a knack of getting it right.

I bet this guy gets practical and creative before very long. It doesn’t require rocket science.

It is like Churchill’s comment about “..America always doing the right thing after they try everything else….”

My only real, set and clear failure path for him seems to be the foreign policy area. He seems less like the handsome American boy when the attention goes there.

We shall see.

IlikedAUH2O on February 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I’ll believe it when I see it.

KCB on February 8, 2013 at 6:09 PM

But, but … the current liberal sensibility is that fracking is evil.

/perception trumps reality in the liberal world of political correctness

Paul-Cincy on February 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

WATCH out bho might say one thing but have his epa do their damage with law suits/regulations on fracking in these states?

DO not trust bho on anything, he is an evil lying worm!
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letget on February 8, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I know this is Obama we’re talking about, so obviously the green-energy subsidies and pious regulations are not going away, and we won’t be fully turning on the tap with our drilling operations, but at least this guy sounds willing to acknowledge and even promote the simple fact that natural gas

Probably the best we can do with Dear Liar.

rbj on February 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

IF Barry nominates him, you can bet he’ll also ‘balance’ the appointment by REFUSING to open public lands to oil/gas exploration.

GarandFan on February 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

MATT DAIMON! will not be pleased.

ThePrez on February 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

…is he another Harvard Hack?

KOOLAID2 on February 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

IF Barry nominates him, you can bet he’ll also ‘balance’ the appointment by REFUSING to open public lands to oil/gas exploration.

GarandFan on February 8, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Something like that. He gives with one hand and takes away with the other. That’s his SOP. He may give lip service to fracking while regulating it out of existence.

Abundant affordable energy is not on his agenda.

petefrt on February 8, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Agree………Liar.

When will we ever learn?

avagreen on February 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Hmm: Obama considering fracking proponent for Energy?
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Huzzah! …Er, maybe? Hopefully? When I say “proponent,” I mean that in the sort of weak-tea, oh-so-careful, still-a-greenie-enthusiast, bureaucratic sense of the word, and I don’t want to speak too soon (Lisa Jackson was a kind of Fracking “Supporter” In Name Only), but… at least it isn’t one of those fossil fuel-loathing, hardcore eco-zealots currently lobbying President Obama so hard against the practice of hydraulic fracturing altogether.

excerpt: Erika Johnsen

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I’m not trying to cast dispersions on you, Erika.

But this was my inner reaction, in real time, while reading that:

There’s hope ! ….. oops, hold the phone ….. well ….. never mind.

listens2glenn on February 8, 2013 at 7:19 PM

It’s kind of like this, with 0bama as Vizzini.

Embrace fracking, and you alienate the greenies into a fratricidal frenzy. Reject fracking, and we’ll see how voters who voted for a free pack of $9 birth control pills watch inflation eat away the manicure money left on the EBT.

Sekhmet on February 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM

Pipeline limitations also limit fracking by lowering the price of U.S. crude to where it’s borderline profitable to get it out of the ground. But as noted with Keystone, it’s not just DOE that can block things like fracking or transmission lines, it’s EPA, Interior with the Bureau of Land Management, and in the Trans-Canada case, even the State Department.

Obama can pick someone more pro-fracking for Energy Secretary, but there’s still loads of other options and ideologues in the administration to hinder it.

jon1979 on February 8, 2013 at 7:43 PM

He will not be friendly to fracking… count on it…

mnjg on February 8, 2013 at 7:49 PM