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WHAT OTHERS SAY: It's not widespread knowledge, but Obama embraces fracking

Thursday, March 6, 2014 | 2:07 p.m. CST

Hydraulic fracturing, the energy-exploration process known as fracking, has created huge economic booms in North Dakota, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania over the past decade.

Fracking — which uses underground water cannons to free up natural gas and oil supplies — has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs and vast new wealth in energy-rich California, according to a USC study. This would mean a gigantic influx of new tax revenue for a state government with a long list of unmet needs.

But state environmental groups assert it is dangerous and untested, and vow to fight its use in accessing huge reservoirs of oil beneath central California.

Thankfully, however, we have yet another reminder that the greenest president in U.S. history disagrees with this alarmism. The Obama administration recently confirmed that it had approved three new hydraulic-fracturing projects off the Santa Barbara coast.

This should matter in California's debate over fracking. But coverage of the debate rarely notes that the Obama administration has for years dismissed fracking opponents, most notably in a 2013 news conference in which Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said their criticism "ignores the reality" of fracking's history.

Given their quasi-religious hatred of fossil fuels, greens aren't likely to change their tune. But the Golden State media, at least, should stop ignoring the reality of the president's embrace of fracking.

Copyright San Diego Union. Distributed by the Associated Press.


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