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ICYMI: Fractivists handed two major defeats

The New York Times / The Complete Colorado | May 03, 2016 | by CEI Staff

Colorado Court Strikes Down Local Bans on Fracking Colorado’s Supreme Court on Monday struck down local government prohibitions on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, handing oil and gas companies a victory in a lengthy battle over energy production in the environmentally conscious state. In separate rulings, the court said a moratorium in Fort Collins and a ban in Longmont were invalid because state law pre-empted them. A lower court had reached the same conclusion earlier. Read the full article in the New York Times Stanford: No credible case for divestment On April 25, Stanford University – where [Tom] Steyer...

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In Case You Missed It: USA Today: Editorial: Keep on Fracking

USA Today | April 19, 2016

The campaign trail is unfriendly to nuance, and the argument over hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a prime example of a complex issue that gets oversimplified. … 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. … The idea that fracking is too dangerous ignores science and the experience of tens of thousands of fracked wells. A landmark

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ICYMI: Can the U.S. really go frack-free?

San Diego Union Tribune | March 19, 2016 | by CEI Staff

"I DON'T THINK THERE IS ANY QUESTION THAT IT CAN BE DONE IN A WAY THAT IT CAN BE OPERATED SAFELY AND DO SO IN THE LONG TERM" - DEPT OF ENERGY UNDERSECRETARY FRANKLIN ORR Renewable energy may be growing but the same agency last year projected that 62 percent of U.S. energy consumption will come from a combination of oil and natural gas in 2040. And while the Obama administration has sought stricter regulations for tracking on federal lands, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year released a study saying it did not find evidence that tracking "led...

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5 Reasons To Support California Energy Production

February 05, 2016 | by CEI Staff

Thanks to hydraulic fracturing – or “fracking” – California is helping America to become (almost) energy independent while producing oil under the nation’s strictest environmental protections.

“We have the most intelligent regulation on the drilling of oil in the country.” - Governor Jerry Brown
Domestic energy production has allowed gas and oil extraction to boom in the U.S., reducing our reliance on foreign oil from countries with fewer or no environmental protections. As the third largest oil producing state in the nation, continued ...

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Who are you going to believe when it comes to fracking in California?

February 05, 2016 | by CEI Staff

Who are you going to believe, when it comes to fracking in California: The California Department of Conservation? Or anti-oil activists? CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION 2015: “In California, hydraulic fracturing has been used as a production stimulation method … with no reported damage to the environment.” California produces 37 percent the oil we use. And every drop of oil produced in California stays in California. But that means more than 60 percent must be imported by train or by boat from other states and foreign countries. So when anti-oil activists say that California should keep all o...

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In Case You Missed It: 5 Truths About Fracking the Media Missed In 2015

January 07, 2016 | by CEI Staff

A recent article published in the Daily Caller discusses several overlooked truths about fracking in 2015. From foreign policy, to affordable domestic energy and job growth, the US substantially benefited from hydraulic fracturing. Here are five key fracking stories the media missed last year: 1. Fracking Got America Off Russian Oil and Gas in 2015, Weakening Putin Immensely 2. Fracking Prevented Global Warming by Massively Reducing U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions 3. Fracking Gave America HUGE Reserves of Oil and Natural Gas 4. Fracking Was Repeatedly Proven Not to Contaminate Drinking Water (Again) 5. Fracking Was Proven Not to Cause Damaging Earthquakes (Again) To read the...

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OPEC bets against U.S. fracking

USA Today | December 21, 2014 | by James S. Robbins

Prices are down because of a combination of reduced demand and dramatically increased supply, created to an extent by the hydraulic fracturing revolution known as fracking. ...There are strategic benefits for the United States because oil profits fund everything from the Iranian nuclear program to Islamic State terrorism to Russian military modernization. With lower prices, there will be fewer resources available to underwrite these dangerous activities. Read more here.

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PD Editorial: Don’t waste the gift of low gas prices

Santa Rosa Press Democrat | December 21, 2014 | by The Editorial Board

If gas prices stay low, Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, estimates that American consumers could gain $100 billion in disposable income over the next year. “It could make the difference between a good year and a great year,” Zandi told the Los Angeles Times. ...The windfall for consumers is accompanied by economic pressure on oil-dependent states such as Russia and Iran. Declining prices also are a problem for the Islamist rebels of ISIS, who finance their military ventures in Syria and Iraq by selling oil. Read more here.

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In Case You Missed It: Gov. Brown Responds to "Fractivist" Actor Mark Ruffalo

January 01, 1970 | by CEI Staff

POLTICO reports today on Governor Jerry Brown’s response to critics, like actor Mark Ruffalo, who have criticized California’s strictest fracking regulations in the country: Regarding criticism from increasingly vocal Hollywood luminaries like actor Mark Ruffalo, who have sharply criticized his failure to stand against fracking, the governor suggested that they are largely ignoring the realities of Californians’ own continued reliance on cars and foreign oil. "I don’t think it's responsible to let third-world countries do the oil production so that Californians can drive around, even in their hybrids," he said. "We have to shoulder our part of the responsibility. And...

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In Case You Missed It: Oil industry provides much-needed jobs

January 01, 1970 | by CEI Staff

A recent op ed by Cheryl Branch, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches, detailed the tremendous opportunities provided by California’s oil and gas industry and the need for continued domestic energy production. "Activists have been agitating to end all oil production in the state with no alternative to the quality jobs that would be lost or the billions in tax revenue that goes to our communities. These quality jobs are the kind of jobs that our city needs and should protect. These are the jobs that build and sustain a shrinking middle class. It’s clear that the oil and...

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