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Want energy independence? Keep the nuclear option and limit exports

Reuters | July 10, 2014 | by John Licata

Then there’s the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) boom. The technique, which involves pumping a mixture of water and chemicals into shale deposits at high pressures, has given the United States access to vast new oil and natural gas supplies. But instead of using more of that new-found energy booty here at home, politicians believe we should export excess supplies. The problem here is that the shale movement was supposed to be by Americans for Americans. ...Our newly found oil and gas supplies need to help Americans before they help the rest of the world. Therefore politicians should be pushing for innovation here at...

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No on P

Santa Barbara Independent | July 08, 2014 | by R. Seifert

In Santa Barbara County, oil taxes contribute over $16 million yearly in tax revenue. If Measure P passes, the county loses over $300 million in taxes in the “bouncing ball” effect. Schools, fire departments, Sheriff’s department, and police departments will suffer due to lack of funding. Read more here.

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A Texas Guide to Economic Recovery

Wall Street Journal | July 06, 2014 | by Bradley Allen

As a Californian, I am pained to say that three of the nation's five fastest-growing cities—and seven of the top 15—are in Texas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Much of this growth is spurred by the state's booming energy industry. Innovations such as hydraulic fracturing, "fracking," and horizontal drilling are making the state's gas and oil fields more productive than ever, attracting newcomers with high-paying jobs. Read more here.

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Forbes Weekly Oil and Gas Follies – Volume 53

Forbes | July 06, 2014 | by David Blackmon

Fracking in the US has led to a greater reduction in carbon emissions than all the wind turbines and solar panels across the entire globe put together. This is the stark fact presented at a meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg last week. Read more here.

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California’s Energy Independence Keeps Jobs & Revenue in Our State

July 02, 2014

With Independence Day approaching, Californians for a Safe, Secure Energy Future today issued a statement regarding the benefits of California achieving energy independence: “As Californians travel by car this holiday weekend for vacations and celebrations, it’s also a reminder of how energy independence keeps jobs and revenue in California.  All the oil produced in California is used in our state. Banning domestic production hurts consumers by reducing energy reliability and could lead to price spikes at the pump,” said Sabrina Lockhart, Communications Director for Californians for a Safe, Secure Energy Future. Under Senate Bill 4, California has the most transparent and stringent...

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Vote facts, no on Measure P

Santa Maria Times | July 01, 2014 | by Dana Morgan

Fact, the impact of this regulation is focused on the Santa Maria Valley, so there would be a huge loss of revenue and it would create tremendous job loss in one of the poorest communities in the region. This includes the impact to our North County schools, including Hancock, at $10 million per year. Lastly, oil companies and the agricultural communities get along and these water guardians don't own the water they pretend to guard.  Vote no on Measure P. Read more here.

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Fracking is a myth

Santa Maria Sun | July 01, 2014 | by MARGARET CAREAGA

Let’s face the fact that there is no fracking in Santa Barbara County. Why they brought up this initiative is a distraction because they know there is no fracking, but rather a ploy to stop oil production. The loss of those tax dollars, more than $16 million, is going to come out of the already distressed taxpayers’ pocket. It’s going to cause the loss of the much-needed jobs in the North County’s depressed economy, as well as the loss of donation monies to the schools and other nonprofit groups that the oil companies will not be able to help. Read more...

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Gassing the environment

Washington Times | July 01, 2014 | by Washington Times Editorial Board

The domestic energy boom was responsible for 2.1 million jobs in 2012, according to consulting firm IHS CERA, and an additional 1.4 million are expected within the next few decades. Cheaper natural gas drives down the cost of utilities, putting an average of $1,200 back into the pockets of each American household. Read more here.

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Booming Shale Energy Supply Sectors Supporting 450,000+ U.S. Jobs

The Desert Sun | June 30, 2014 | by Morris Beschloss

New research conducted by IHS Global for EEIA indicates that this boom will generate consistently rapid growth over the next decade. By 2025, nearly 300,000 new jobs will be created, for a 64 percent increase over 2012 employment in the diverse shale supply chain industries. This continued growth will impact all sectors of the shale energy supply sector. Jobs will be added in businesses engaged in manufacturing, construction, logistics and services supporting energy operations, and will be dispersed across the country. Read more here.

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The real energy revolution shrinking carbon dioxide emissions? It’s fracking

The Seattle Times | June 29, 2014 | by Robert Bryce

The U.S. is leading the world in reducing its carbon dioxide emissions. And those reductions are largely due to the innovation that is happening not in green energy, but in the oil and gas sector’s ability to produce hydrocarbons from shale deposits. Read more here.

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