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San Luis Obispo Tribune | February 22, 2015 | by John Allan Peschong
Instead of only hydraulic fracturing in California, these often deeply flawed ballot measures deceptively ban all oil production – including traditional methods that have been safely used in counties across California for more than a century. The word “fracking” is one that taps into the emotional side of the conversation, which anti-energy extremists use to as a “straw-man” scare tactic to drive unreasonable reactions. Radical activists that want to ban California hydraulic fracturing, move from community to community and put into place their pseudo fracking bans on local ballots, potentially creating and increasing devastating impacts. The state of California is the third largest oil-producing state in the nation. However, these supposedly anti-fracking measures are really aimed in the wrong direction. They are really a cover to halt oil-production, which would in turn, slash the tax revenue of local governments, increase the nation’s reliance on foreign oil and cause higher gasoline prices at the pump.
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