Carroll County, Ohio, in the eastern part of the state, was a struggling agricultural region that now is blossoming economically by tapping its natural gas resources using hydraulic “fracking”. This is a technique developed more than 50 years ago that shoots water and chemicals under pressure into underground wells, fracturing (“fracking”) the rock and making gas easily extractible.
Environmentalists now oppose fracking after they advocated natural gas for decades as the ‘cleanest’ carbon fuel. The ecologists have halted fracking in New York state and are trying to stop it everywhere. Why? Because fracking is producing huge new oil and natural gas supplies worldwide, demolishing the enviro doomsday myth that “the world is running out of oil and natural gas”. This is false. Global oil and natural gas supplies are expanding rapidly and estimates of known and potential carbon energy supplies run to hundreds and even thousands of years.
Ohio also has a great Republican governor in John Kasich who was first elected in November 2010. He is very popular because he took over as leader of a state that appeared to be in irreversible decline. Kasich has instituted wise capitalist policies like lower taxes and fiscal accountability to stimulate the economy far beyond what Ohioans believed possible under Kasich’s Democrat predecessor.
Kasich inherited an $8 billion deficit and has eliminated it without raising taxes – which Democrats always say is impossible – while producing new jobs, wealth and optimism for Ohio. Coupled to natural gas Ohio is experiencing an economic bounce in a region that had been written off for decades. This rebound is possible all over America where economies are depressed. The key to revival is simple – get pro-growth Republicans and conservatives elected.
This Ohio Rebound has been strangled for decades by Democrats and their high-tax, big-spending, debt-driven policies and also in their opposition to natural gas development through the environmentalists who are an integral part of the Democrat coalition. Meanwhile militant labor unions, tightly linked with the Democrats since the 1930s, are the force that originally drove jobs and wealth out of Ohio’s industrial centers like Cleveland, Toledo and Akron with their outrageous wage demands and strikes in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Natural gas is an amazing fuel. It comes out of the ground needing much less refining than oil, and is much cleaner-burning than oil or coal. Then when just a small part of the United States, in Ohio and Pennsylvania, unleashes its natural gas economy it not only benefits the towns in those regions and the states as a whole but it benefits the entire country. Natural gas prices nationwide have tumbled into the basement after just a few years of fracking.
Yet environmentalists want to kill this cornucopia in favor of ineffective ‘green’ energy, which raises a bigger issue: What is good for all Americans? What is good for all the people of Ohio? Do we want states like Ohio to remain Rust Belt throwaways with no future? Because under the Democrats and ecologists they will. If we want to see Ohio and America revitalized we must go with conservative, Republican and capitalist policies that include natural gas and oil development. This includes electing a conservative Republican US president in 2016 and more Republican US senators in coming election cycles.
The natural gas and oil industries are the two leading creators of high-paying jobs in America today at the same time that they are producing vital fuel. They also are stimulating many other good-paying jobs in manufacturing, plastics, chemicals etc. So when you see a positive monthly jobs-creation number under Obama you can credit these two industries which Obama and the Democrats are doing everything in their power to thwart in favor of inefficient ‘green’ energy. But rest assured that Obama is taking credit for the jobs that oil and gas create.
Eastern Ohio sits atop a gas-bearing formation that was unknown just 20 years ago. It is called the Marcellus Shale and it covers parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York state and West Virginia. It is said to contain 600 trillion cubic feet of gas, and such preliminary estimates have often been low. For instance the Prudhoe Bay deposit in northern Alaska, which pumps its crude oil through the Alaska pipeline, originally was estimated in the 1960s at 1 billion barrels. By the time it is pumped out in 2015 it will have produced 18 billion barrels.
One Saudi Arabian official lamented that the “fracking” technology that is now spreading all over the world for both oil and natural gas is going to doom the Saudi/OPEC oil monopoly. Good. Even the nation of Israel, which thought that it had no oil at all, recently discovered that it may have up to 400 billion barrels in underground oil shale formations, obtainable through fracking and other new technologies. Thus fracking is good for all people and for freedom in general.
In a fascinating book about energy called The Bottomless Well authors Peter Huber and Mark Mills describe how we find, refine and use energy. It is a somewhat technical book that explains how innovative people will always produce more and more energy and that we will never run out. This sounds right because it is being proven true as we speak.
One of the profound truths explained in The Bottomless Well is that the relentless enviro push for fuel efficiency, in cars for instance, actually leads to more fuel consumption not less, i.e., the more efficient that cars become, the more miles that people drive them, ultimately consuming more fuel overall. This is a statistical fact.
For an even clearer example, think of it in terms of air conditioning. If AC had remained expensive to buy and still consumed lots of electricity, as it did in the early days, only a small class of rich people would use it. By becoming technologically efficient, energy efficient and thus cheaper to manufacture, buy and operate, air conditioning is now used in tens of millions of American homes and businesses that would not otherwise have it. Thus the total amount of electricity devoted to air conditioning has risen dramatically even though each unit is much more energy efficient and uses less electricity than in the past.
In fact virtually everything that environmentalists say is false or backwards. Every doomsday prediction made on the first “earth day” in 1970 has been proven spectacularly wrong like these 13 end-of-the-world predictions as listed on Reason.com:
1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
3. “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
6. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
7. “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
8. “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
9. “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
10. “Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
11. “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
12. “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine
13. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt
This all sounds funny to us today, but these people were serious and they continue to put out this propaganda. This is very dangerous to the well-being of America and the world. Only truth and good economic policies will lead mankind into a bright future.
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