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Daily Mail editorial: Democrats and Fossil Fuels

March 16, 2016 | Daily Mail

What will America look like if either Democrat Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is elected president?

Based on their attitude toward hydraulic fracturing — the technique used to increase oil and gas production — count on higher energy prices, lower energy reliability, fewer American jobs and the United States returning to the vulnerable position of relying on foreign governments — some hostile — for its energy supply.

“By the time we get through all of my conditions, I do not think there will be many places in America where fracking will continue to take place,” Clinton said March 6 at a Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan.

Sanders was more emphatic: “No, I do not support fracking,” he said at the debate. “I talk to scientists who tell me fracking is doing terrible things to water systems all over this country.” 

Not sure which scientists Sanders talks to, but an Environmental Protection Agency draft assessment released last June said: “We did not find evidence that these [fracking] mechanisms have led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”

“In fact, 

anti-fracking positions are a threat to the energy security of our entire nation,” writes energy contributor Jude Clemente in Forbes

Clemente lists many more benefits of fracking that the Democratic candidates wish to ignore:

• Fracking has created hundreds of thousands of jobs across a variety of sectors, made landowners rich, lowered electricity rates and allowed tens of billions of dollars to be collected in taxes, fees to build more schools, hospitals and other vital infrastructure.

• Fracking is why U.S. oil and gas imports have plummeted since 2005.

• Without fracked natural gas, wind and solar will still have no real chance to significantly penetrate the U.S. electricity mix because on average they will remain unavailable 62 to 80 percent of the time, per U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates.

• Fracking is why U.S. CO2 emissions in the power sector are the lowest they’ve been in nearly 30 years.

• “Fracking is why President Obama was clearly wrong four years ago when he said ‘we can’t just drill our way to lower gas prices.’”

• “Fracking is why oil and gas prices have plummeted, allowing American families to save thousands on energy costs.”

Opposition to fracking is why the U.S. does not need to elect another Democratic president in 2016.

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