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In Case You Missed It: USA Today: Editorial: Keep on Fracking
Tuesday 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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In Case You Missed It: 5 Truths About Fracking the Media Missed In 2015
Thursday January 07, 2016

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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In Case You Missed It: Gov. Brown Responds to "Fractivist" Actor Mark Ruffalo
Wednesday, December 12, 2015

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
Friday, October 10, 2015

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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In Case You Missed It: Duke University Study: Water demand from fracking less than 1 percent of U.S. total
Thursday, September 09, 2015

Reuters reported on a study out of Duke University that finds water used in the fracking process is only a fraction of what other industries use, and well under one percent of total fresh water consumption in the United States. “Fracking by the U.S. oil and gas industry has increased the burden on the nation's water resources, but still accounts for less than 1 percent of America's total industrial water use, according to a paper by researchers at Duke University published on Tuesday. “The controversial extraction method consumed roughly 48 billion gallons of water per year from 2012 to...

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Karen Hanretty Named Communications Director
Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Californians for Energy Independence has named Karen Hanretty as its Communications Director, replacing Sabrina Lockhart. Hanretty joins Californians for Energy Independence with over 15 years of experience in media relations and public affairs. This wealth of experience includes managing communications for political, corporate, and non-profit clients. Previously Hanretty has served as the Managing Director for the largest independent public relations firm in Washington DC, a private political consultant, and the Vice President of Public Affairs for The American Beverage Association. At The American Beverage Association, Hanretty specialized in strategic communications, issue advocacy, and developing media strategies across all media platforms. Aside...

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Independent Scientific Hydraulic Fracturing Study Validates California's Strict Oil Production Standards
Thursday July 09, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Following the release of an independent scientific study on hydraulic fracturing in California by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and Berkeley Lab, Californians for Energy Independence issued this statement: "This sound science, coupled with the most comprehensive oil regulations in the nation, ensures California remains on a path of responsible production to secure our state's energy needs. Producing oil and gas here, under our toughest-in-the-nation standards, creates affordable energy for Californians and reduces our dependence on foreign oil while protecting quality jobs and revenue for vital programs," said Sabrina Lockhart, communications director...

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In Case You Missed It: USA Today Editorial -- Fracking, with Care, Brings Big Benefits
Sunday July 05, 2015

Last week, California officially finalized regulations for hydraulic fracturing, which the Los Angeles Times described as “toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules”. The USA Today editorial board today wrote: Fracking — the practice of cracking open underground oil and gas formations with water, sand and chemicals — has rescued U.S. energy production from a dangerous decline. Any debate about banning it should take a hard look at what that would cost the nation and at facts that aren't always part of the discussion. Those facts are spelled out in a recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency on fracking and groundwater. One of the...

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Oil Production in California - Polls show no support for new taxes
Monday, June 06, 2015

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Public Policy Institute of California released new statewide polling showing that if an oil severance tax were on the ballot today, it would fail. Those in the camp that would support such a measure, that could potentially impose a 10 percent “oil extraction tax” for oil production in California is none other than California billionaire environmentalist, Tom Steyer. This tax would significantly increase the cost of California oil production. "Hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer, who can afford higher prices at the pump and was the highest political spender in the last election, has floated an idea to increase oil...

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ICYMI: Hydraulic Fracturing, a Net Water Producer in California
Wednesday May 06, 2015

While activists have been quick to point the finger at the energy industry in the midst of the state’s drought, hydraulic fracturing is actually a net water producer in California and part of the solution to our water crisis. In a recent radio interview, Rock Zierman of the California Independent Petroleum Association explains: “We are net providers [of water] when it comes to hydraulic fracturing because it’s only a couple hundred acre feet that we are consuming and yet we are providing tens of thousands of acre feet to farmers who desperately need it in this drought situation.” When considering the water...

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