Hickenlooper: We should let the states regulate fracking, and I’ve got the cocktail to prove it

posted at 8:41 pm on February 14, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

While President Obama is more than happy to impose one-size-fits-all, top-down regulations from the federal level on down when it comes to energy production (and just about everything else for that matter, ugh), state governments are the more efficient stewards of their own interests — fiscal, economic, and environmental. States are more than capable and in fact better equipped to handle their own interior energy industries than the cumbersome federal bureaucracy, as Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper testified before the Senate earlier this week on the subject of natural gas and hydraulic fracturing.

States — not the federal government — should lead in regulating natural gas production, Gov. John Hickenlooper told a Senate committee Tuesday, angering environmentalists and drawing applause from energy groups who are fighting the Environmental Protection Agency.

Hickenlooper, a Democrat, told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources that Colorado is a “national model” in how it regulates natural gas extraction. …

“I come back to the notion of appropriate regulation,” Hickenlooper said. “States are the laboratory of democracy, and we are focusing on how we create a rigorous set of regulations.”

And Hickenlooper would know, I suppose, via the Washington Times:

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.

“You can drink it. We did drink it around the table, almost rituallike, in a funny way,” he told the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. “It was a demonstration. … they’ve invested millions of dollars in what is a benign fluid in every sense.”

Well… er, overkill, maybe? But the point is, individual states are the most well-suited to determining their own energy, business, and regulatory needs, and the Obama administration could save us all a lot of time, money, and grief if they could simple deign to leave states to their own devices on some fronts instead of bogging us all down with overzealous federal bureaucrats’ high-minded ideas of what everybody else’s energy policies should look like. They don’t seem to like to delegate much, do they? (Looking at you, EPA!)


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This rounds on ME, everybody ! … : )

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

The FDA approves of Fracking..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

This rounds on ME, everybody ! … : )

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I will take a 20 oz glass of fracking fluid..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

I want what he’s having!!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Hickenfrootlooper…..off the Communist Democrat reservation.

He’s not on Hillarys’ short list for VP consideration in 2016 at this rate.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

.
… might have been too fast on the draw, with that . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . how much does this “fracking-fluid” cost ?

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

I hear Fracking Fluid is good for Erectile Dysfunction..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Is it me or have the threads been somewhat a tad bit boring with not many comments?

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

It tastes like chicken.

Mark1971 on February 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Oh yeah are you listening 0?

Let the States do their own thing, get out of the way!

Disband the EPA!!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Is it me or have the threads been somewhat a tad bit boring with not many comments?

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Same here..

*clink*

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Out: Kool-Aid

In : Fracking Fluid

hillsoftx on February 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Coming soon to a 7-11 near you!

Fracking Juice! In a styrofoam cup I might add!!

Lets call it Energy Juice ;-D

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

*clink!*

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I hear Fracking Fluid is good for Erectile Dysfunction..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

.
My sides frackin’ hurt from that one …… : )

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

*clink*

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM

Make mine a double heavy on the Frack!!

*clink*

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Coming soon to a 7-11 near you!

Fracking Juice! In a styrofoam cup I might add!!

Lets call it Energy Juice ;-D

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Mix it with coffee…
(Four loko)

It will be banned by the FDA..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:57 PM

There is untapped potential here for some enterprising man or woman or child!

Out: Lemonade Stands

In: Fracking Juice Stands!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Is it me or have the threads been somewhat a tad bit boring with not many comments?

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:51 PM

.
I’ve noticed a reduced comment count, but “boring” will always be “in the eye of the beholder”.

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Soylent Green cocktails coming to a nation very very near you.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9870407/France-moves-one-step-closer-to-legalising-euthanasia.html

France’s medical ethics council moved a step closer to legalising euthanasia today by ruling that assisted suicide should exceptionally be allowed when ailing patients make “persistent, lucid and repeated requests” to end their life.

And follow that to it’s next logical steps in the Agressive Progressive Darwinist led world we live in…..forced cocktails for those that are a “burden to society”. What age should people be “encouraged” and then forced to drink the cocktail? 65? 60? 50?

Could we just use straight Fracking chemicals in this Soylent Green cocktail?

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Extracted minerals are good for us!

Frack this!!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Just inject a wee bit of fracking juice into Pelosi’s face, so that her lips can’t move. How divine! ;-)

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

There is untapped potential here for some enterprising man or woman or child!

Out: Lemonade Stands

In: Fracking Juice Stands!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Out: Popsicles

In: Fracksicles

PappyD61 on February 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

My eye beholded boring repetition for the most part… :-(

Go Frack!!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Thats funny!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

I will take a 20 oz glass of fracking fluid..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

In a styrofoam cup, too. :)

Wethal on February 14, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Menendez flying over to CO as we speak. Someone mentioned the erectile thingy. ;-)

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Some common sense.

pat on February 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Let me know when you find out how to ferment it.

petefrt on February 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

Does Rubio know about this?

Bmore on February 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Juice Du Jour;

A tempting palate, light, with a mild taste of minerals, a clear but sparkling effervesence, this is our most expensive bottle at $495, the vintage is 2003, a very good year.

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

Frack Rocky Road Icecream…

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

This rounds on ME, everybody ! … : )

listens2glenn
on February 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

.
I will take a 20 oz glass of fracking fluid..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM
.

I want what he’s having!!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

.
… might have been too fast on the draw, with that . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . how much does this “fracking-fluid” cost ?

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

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Seriously, what does this stuff cost?

Maybe we could solve the world’s hunger problem with it.

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Does Rubio know about this?

Bmore on February 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM

If he didn’t..

Thank God he was behind the podium.

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

All DC politicians eagerly waiting for Frack Fluid concentrates. They hear that it provides pain relief for Hemorhhoids. ;-)

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Let me know when you find out how to ferment it.
petefrt on February 14, 2013 at 9:02 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermentation_(wine)

This oughta do it just fine… :-)

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Use Frack juice for ALL your cooking drinking and bathing needs…

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh

This stuff has tons of potential!!

The Fountain of Youth has been discovered!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:09 PM

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Hmmmmmm, if it is considered a ‘waste’ product, no more than the cost to haul it off I would presume…

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM

The Environazis ain’t too happy with a Dem spouting this. In the eternal words of our VPOTUS: Its a Big Frackin Deal.

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:15 PM

No they won’t be, he kinda let the ‘frack juice’ outta the bag!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Battlestar.

Bishop on February 14, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Peanut Frackle!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

evening …. You guys are cracking me up :)

CoffeeLover on February 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Totally O/T! Ohhhhhhhhhhhh tomorrow night on Hannity Dr Carson and a live audience!

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:20 PM

The Ronulans are agitated by the ‘betrayal’ of Senator Paul. Have a drink of frack, and kewl the frack down. ;-)

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I saw that too Scrumpy and looking forward to having Dr. Carson have a wider audience and the ability to give even longer answers. Should be a good show.

CoffeeLover on February 14, 2013 at 9:21 PM

evening …. You guys are cracking me up :)

CoffeeLover on February 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

cracking…??

Fracking is in!

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 9:22 PM

lol…I stand corrected “evening….You guys are fracking me up :)

(that is the be all and end all of my creative writing skills)

CoffeeLover on February 14, 2013 at 9:24 PM

The envirnos push it too far, and this dude just might do a Rubio. Frackinlooper: It tastes better that it stinks. ;-)

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Vidal Sassoon introduces brand new Shampoo and Conditioner enhanced with Frackle Juice!

Tetley Tea brewed in Frackle Juice has immediate benefits for the whole body!

I have found me a new career, Frackle Juice saleswoman!!

Wanna live forever? Drink 2 pints of Frackle Juice daily!

Frackle recipes…

Frackle cocktails…

Grow your food in Frackle Juice…

Somebody STOP me!!!! :-D

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Primary Him.

/TruLibs

CorporatePiggy on February 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Scrumpy, for frack’s sake, stop it!

cptacek on February 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

cptacek on February 14, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Thank you!! I was on a fracking roll… ;-)

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:31 PM

I’m not sure about Hickenlooper’s fracktail but I do know the Colorado Governor makes some tasty brews.

CTSherman on February 14, 2013 at 9:37 PM

This rounds on ME, everybody ! … : )

listens2glenn on February 14, 2013 at 8:47 PM

I will take a 20 oz glass of fracking fluid..

Electrongod on February 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

…anything over 16 ounces will be banned…you quit trying to always bend the rules!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Out: Kool-Aid

In : Fracking Fluid

hillsoftx on February 14, 2013 at 8:54 PM

…I just tried to change my name…and Hot Air won’t let me!

KOOLAID2 on February 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

The Ronulans are agitated by the ‘betrayal’ of Senator Paul. Have a drink of frack, and kewl the frack down. ;-)

tommy71 on February 14, 2013 at 9:21 PM

I been calm all along.

Paul hasn’t betrayed squat and some people need to take a chill pill!

MelonCollie on February 14, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Am chillin’ with me frack cocktail… ;-)

Scrumpy on February 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Frackin’ Fluid?

It has what states crave.

coldwarrior on February 14, 2013 at 10:01 PM

I sort of laughed at the Gov’s name until I ran into the Hot Air Comedy Team So funny, LOL

Carry on!!

bluefox on February 14, 2013 at 10:11 PM

Four Loko Fracking Juice. I want some!

22044 on February 14, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I live in Colorado and I do not trust Hickenlooper. He is a radical Dem that is not doing good things in this state. Like the saying, “If it sounds to good to be true it most likely is”. I think he has some liberal motive that we commoners are not privy to. Beware!!

The comments in this thread are ‘fracking’ funny.

jtpcamp on February 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Brought to you by Brawndo. The Thirst Mutilator.

LoganSix on February 15, 2013 at 7:46 AM

More importantly,
The laws we have that violate the 10th Amendment and are weaselly based on the Commerce Clause should be invalidated.

That way, States could get back to minding their own fracking business instead of the way the Feds have fracked things up.

ProfShadow on February 15, 2013 at 7:48 AM

I’m trademarking “Fracka-Kola”.

Dexter_Alarius on February 15, 2013 at 9:44 AM

I’m glad he’s sticking to his common sense geologist roots. Good for him.

Now if he can have just as much common sense on the ridiculous, unconstitutional gun laws being debated as I type.

Oh, and all you Left Coasters that have migrated to my beloved state and ruined it, please go back.

Common Sense on February 15, 2013 at 3:06 PM

“They don’t seem to like to delegate much, do they?”
Delegating? It is a question of refraining from userping the powers of the states and of the people as provided by the Constitution.

burt on February 15, 2013 at 3:24 PM