Chu, Salazar: Everybody can just calm down already with the fracking hysteria

posted at 7:21 pm on September 27, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The fact that hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. “fracking”) is a decades-old drilling technique currently going on all over the United States; that even the zealous bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency have been unable to confirm their worst fears about the longstanding practice; and that fracking has led to the increased use of natural gas, which in turn has been the main driver behind the United States’ lately decreased carbon emissions, all seem to pass blithely unnoticed by the truly determined and self-titled environmentalists who would rather see the government put a stop to the technique altogether.

Natural gas and hydraulic fracturing are already an integral part of our energy sector and wider economy, but hasn’t stopped the state of New York from banning the practice altogether nor states like Massachusetts from currently entertaining the notion of passing such a ban. Even California, albeit with restrictions and regulations aplenty, is keeping the technique around and moving forward frackable resources, but some states and extremist groups are still determined to prevent their regions from getting in on the economic action — since even the Obama administration’s environmental officials of both past and present are pretty much on board with it. Via the Washington Examiner:

“This is something you can do in a safe way,” former Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said while speaking in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 18. He also said that it was a “false choice” to say that the country can either preserve the environment or acquire cheap natural gas.

More than 1,000 miles away, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was singing the same tune.

“I would say to everybody that hydraulic fracking is safe,” Salazar said during a conference in Las Cruces, N.M. He said that fracking was “creating an energy revolution in the United States.”

Chu and Salazar joined current Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, who in early September praised fracking as “a big contributor to our carbon reduction” and “a huge economic benefit.”

I wouldn’t exactly say that the Obama administration is embracing fracking itself (wouldn’t want to too generously acknowledge its role in their otherwise sorely lacking economic gains, would they?), and they’ll certainly look for any excuse to seize more bureaucratic authority via regulation in any and all areas, but they are at least tepidly including natural gas as part of their ostensible “all of the above” energy strategy (if only as a rhetorically convenient “bridge fuel” on our merry way to more alternative technologies). Unfortunately, I doubt even the former Obama administration leading officials tacit approval of the practice will dissuade the ultra-greenies in their misbegotten quest to stamp the whole thing out.


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Environmentalists don’t want clean, cheap alternatives. They want no alternatives.

What they want is for us to use less. If that makes the economy crash, all the better. If people die, that’s good. If it makes the cost-of-living skyrocket, that’s outstanding because it means people won’t be able to afford as much, and will have to consume less.

Deep down, environmentalists hate humanity and see it as being a blight on the world. Earth is sick, and humanity is the disease.

Steven Den Beste on September 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Oh man, I was stuck behind a 2012 Nissan Leaf (in the left lane, of course) with an “Obama 2012″ and “Ban Fracking NOW!” bumperstickers. So badly did I want to… avert my eyes from the road… and accidentally ram the face of my Jeep into that smug turdmobile…

Jeddite on September 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM

But…but….but fracking can’t be safe! I SAW A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE about it!

GarandFan on September 27, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Obama is looking out for us. He doesn’t want our tap water to blow up our houses.

petefrt on September 27, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Chu, Salazar: Everybody can just calm down already with the fracking hysteria

….see what happens…when you don’t wear a hat?

KOOLAID2 on September 27, 2013 at 7:43 PM

I love this country: http://tinyurl.com/mlajlah

davidk on September 27, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Steven Den Beste on September 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

They want us to return to the Paleolithic era (hunter/gatherer). They know that that life style will cause most of the Human species to die out. They assume they will be “leaders” of the small remaining clans of hunter/gatherers not realizing they have zero skills to offer and will be left to die.

chemman on September 27, 2013 at 7:59 PM

K.I.C.K.B.A.C.K.S.

Mr. Arrogant on September 27, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Algore aka Manbearpig: “How dare you.”

Bwahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…

petefrt on September 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

Algore aka Manbearpig: “How dare you.”

Bwahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa…

petefrt on September 27, 2013 at 8:08 PM

I love it when they make such fools of themselves.

petefrt on September 27, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I thought it was the Flukeing hysteria

John the Libertarian on September 27, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Oh man, I was stuck behind a 2012 Nissan Leaf (in the left lane, of course) with an “Obama 2012″ and “Ban Fracking NOW!” bumperstickers. So badly did I want to… avert my eyes from the road… and accidentally ram the face of my Jeep into that smug turdmobile…

Jeddite on September 27, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Probably a grifter that makes a living by setting up rear-enders.

slickwillie2001 on September 27, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Steven Den Beste on September 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

If you hung out with the people THEY hang out with, you’d feel the same way.

WryTrvllr on September 27, 2013 at 8:27 PM

Tweedlededum and Tweddlededee. Two late and a dollar short.

pat on September 27, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Environmentalists don’t want clean, cheap alternatives. They want no alternatives.

Steven Den Beste on September 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

This right here. Nuclear power is safe clean and has zero emissions, but the Nut Job Enviro’s hate it. They hate it because it is cheap and allows people to consume cheap energy and breed and that makes the population expand. That is what they hate, not clean energy, they hate people.

Johnnyreb on September 27, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Environmentalists don’t want clean, cheap alternatives. They want no alternatives.

What they want is for us to use less. If that makes the economy crash, all the better. If people die, that’s good. If it makes the cost-of-living skyrocket, that’s outstanding because it means people won’t be able to afford as much, and will have to consume less.

Deep down, environmentalists hate humanity and see it as being a blight on the world. Earth is sick, and humanity is the disease.

Steven Den Beste on September 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

This right here. Nuclear power is safe clean and has zero emissions, but the Nut Job Enviro’s hate it. They hate it because it is cheap and allows people to consume cheap energy and breed and that makes the population expand. That is what they hate, not clean energy, they hate people.

Johnnyreb on September 27, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Trick question – why don’t the greenies oppose amnesty and the increased levels of immigration proposed in the Senate bill?

Charlemagne on September 27, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Dang it!

Steven Den Beste on September 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Johnnyreb on September 27, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Trick question – why don’t the greenies oppose amnesty and the increased levels of immigration proposed in the Senate bill?

Charlemagne on September 27, 2013 at 8:48 PM

While Stephen Chu was Energy Secretary, he was throwing billions of taxpayer dollars at solar panel and electric car companies that eventually went bankrupt. NOw that he’s out of the Administration, suddenly he likes fracking for natural gas? Or maybe he can speak his mind freely, not fearing the wrath of the Jolly Green Giant, aka the Big O?

As for Salazar, for how long has he kept abundant shale oil resources out of reach under Federal lands, including in his home state of Colorado? So it’s OK to frack for gas in PA or for oil in ND, but not in his pristine Rockies? There’s enough shale oil under western CO, eastern Utah, and southern WY to supply America’s needs for 150 years-all we need is the permission to develop it, using “in situ” heating techniques which minimize damage to vegetation at the surface. What are you waiting for, Mr. Salazar?

Steve Z on September 27, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Environmentalists don’t want clean, cheap alternatives. They want no alternatives.

What they want is for us to use less. If that makes the economy crash, all the better. If people die, that’s good. If it makes the cost-of-living skyrocket, that’s outstanding because it means people won’t be able to afford as much, and will have to consume less.

Deep down, environmentalists hate humanity and see it as being a blight on the world. Earth is sick, and humanity is the disease.

Steven Den Beste on September 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Threadwinner.

itsspideyman on September 27, 2013 at 10:09 PM

SDB, I just say to those who posit that argument:

Lead by example, old boy; Lead by example!

It shuts them up right quick.

Another Drew on September 28, 2013 at 12:55 AM

Chu is way over his head in the real world.

pat on September 28, 2013 at 2:08 AM

Steven Den Beste on September 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

They want us to return to the Paleolithic era (hunter/gatherer). They know that that life style will cause most of the Human species to die out. They assume they will be “leaders” of the small remaining clans of hunter/gatherers not realizing they have zero skills to offer and will be left to die.

chemman on September 27, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Eggsactly.
When left to their own devices, they won’t have the weapons to hunt (gun grabbers), they don’t have the skills to farm (laggards), they don’t know what is edible in the wild (poorly educated), and voilá, the enviro-whackos will die out. The only ones remaining will be the military-trained and the “preppers”.
Don’t come knocking.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Trick question – why don’t the greenies oppose amnesty and the increased levels of immigration proposed in the Senate bill?

Charlemagne on September 27, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Because you must have a client/subject class of people in order to “justify” big government’s authoritarian control of resources and citizens?

Zusnn on September 28, 2013 at 1:02 PM

BOTH Chu and Salazar are two of the biggest dolts to ever serve in any administration.
I can relate to the poster above who complained about the spiffy new ObaMobile that is slower ‘n molasses in the Vermont winter.
Last year, while traveling a two-lane major artery in Michigan, I saw traffic ahead of me slowing down and actually clogging up the freeway. I saw a loaded dump truck in the right lane, so I pulled left to get by him. As I made my move, I noticed that the dump truck driver was waiting for a Prius to get up to speed from an entrance ramp. The truck driver would speed up for him to get behind, and when that didn’t happen he slowed down for the little wheeled coffin to get in front of him, thus fouling up traffic for a good mile.
Hey, if y’all wanna drive little, underpowered death traps, knock yerselves out. Just stay OFF the roads that WE gas guzzlers pay for!
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on September 29, 2013 at 9:03 AM