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Lower Oil Prices Provide Benefits to U.S. Workers

New York Times | January 17, 2015 | by DIANE CARDWELL & NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

Wall Street may be growing anxious about the negative impact of falling oil prices on energy producers, but the steep declines of recent weeks are delivering substantial benefits to American working-class families and retirees who have largely missed out on the fruits of the five-and-a-half-year economic recovery. Just last week, the federal Energy Information Administration estimated that the typical American household would save $750 because of lower gasoline prices this year, $200 more than government experts predicted a month ago. People who depend on home heating oil and propane to warm their homes, as millions do in the Northeast and Midwest,...

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Obama administration’s straight talk on fracking

UT San Diego | January 17, 2015 | by The Editorial Board

In a Jan. 2 interview with KQED, the Northern California PBS station and website, Sally Jewell — the secretary of the interior for the greenest administration in U.S. history — lambasted local fracking bans that have been adopted or are being considered around the state. “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking,” she said. “I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science behind it.” Read more here.

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Saudis' price war on U.S. oil is giving us cheap gas

LA Times | January 16, 2015 | by David Horsey

The production potential is so great that the United States, rather than being an oil importer reliant on suppliers in the troubled regions of the Middle East, could soon be a major exporter. The energy independence for which a generation of politicians have clamored is at hand. Read more here.

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Don’t ban fracking

Sacramento News and Review | January 15, 2015 | by Dave Quast

When it comes to energy development, New York has nothing to teach California. We have passed tough regulations for hydraulic fracturing, including mandatory public disclosure of chemicals used, landowner notification and regular testing of water sources. Dozens of public hearings were held to carefully consider the abundant scientific research demonstrating that fracking is safe with manageable risks. President Barack Obama’s Secretary of the Interior recently told KQED that local fracking bans are “the wrong way to go.” Read more here.

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Fracking foes spread lies about water contamination

Chico Enterprise Record | January 13, 2015 | by Barry Johnson

How many fracked wells have resulted in the proven contamination of water supplies? A million? 10,000? A hundred? Despite countless false accusations, the correct answer is zero. None. Nada. Now before you (falsely, again) accuse me of being an oil company shill, please understand that this information is not made up. It is testimony before Congress from Lisa Jackson, the Obama-appointed head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and easily searchable online by those who are interested in science and facts. The science deniers, moral preeners and fear-mongers who promote the water-contamination lie have an opportunity to be big, and...

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In Case You Missed It: Fracking: New York, California and the perils of ignoring science

January 12, 2015

The following op-ed recently appeared in the San Jose Mercury News: Fracking: New York, California and the perils of ignoring science By Dave Quast California and New York are often viewed as outliers -- large, influential and politically liberal states that can be either bellwethers for public policy or objects of bemusement. Recent developments in the debate over hydraulic fracturing (fracking), however, show that these two states have fundamentally opposite approaches to leadership from Democratic governors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York didn't lead, but rather followed when his Health Commissioner announced that the state would continue its ban on fracking. This despite the...

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Gas price slide will boost Bay Area consumer spending

Contra Costa Times | January 12, 2015 | by Pete Carey

Bay Area drivers are already celebrating the recent collapse in oil prices, but if it lasts it will have broader economic implications, putting billions of dollars a year directly into the wallets of residents and helping to stimulate the region's already robust economy. ...Oil prices have plummeted to about $50 a barrel since they peaked above $115 in June, as petroleum from hydraulic fracturing flows onto the market from U.S. wells. Read more here.

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Strong manufacturing is good for everyone

The Hill | January 12, 2015 | by Bryan Iams

Why is U.S. manufacturing thriving? One reason is the availability of affordable energy. An October 2014 report by the International Monetary Fund showed that exports of manufactured products have risen 6 percent since the start of America’s shale-gas production boom. It’s a sign that plentiful, affordable natural gas is benefiting U.S. manufacturing. Low oil prices are helping as well. Read more here.

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Project would expand farmers' reuse of oil field 'produced water'

Bakersfield Californian | January 12, 2015 | by John Cox

Kern Supervisor Mick Gleason wrote a letter supporting the program. He noted the oil industry is a vital part of the county's economy, tax base and culture. "The same innovative spirit that has brought new life to old (oil) fields is also bringing additional water supplies to agricultural use to provide both food and energy security to our country," Gleason wrote. Read more here.

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Fracking: New York, California and the perils of ignoring science

San Jose Mercury News | January 09, 2015 | by Dave Quast

A fracking ban in California would be nonsensical. As one of the country's major energy producers as well as the third-largest consumer of gas and diesel on the planet, California has to use oil even as it slowly decreases in importance in our overall energy mix. That oil will have to come from somewhere. A ban on fracking would only lead to higher global carbon emissions, as the state would import more oil by rail and ship from countries with more lax environmental regulations. It would add to unemployment in the state's most economically troubled region as well as less...

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