Conflict of Interest in the Green Movement

bumper-stickersRecently seen in upstate New York: a bumper sticker on a car that says “Ban all hydrofracking.” It’s a rather ironic statement since the driver of that car has undoubtedly filled up at the gas station many times.

The relevant question, then, is how often does the average American use fracked oil and natural gas?

The answer is pretty striking: Fracking is now responsible for 50% of all domestic oil production, and 67% of all domestic natural gas production.

Thus, it’s pretty likely that the average American driver has filled up with cheap, fracked oil many times.

While that may seem like an inconvenient truth, here’s another quirk of the recent U.S. energy boom: President Obama has been taking credit for the low gasoline prices that Americans are currently enjoying.

In a July 5, 2016, speech, the president said: “Remember when we were all concerned about our dependence on foreign oil?  Well, let me tell you—we’ve cut the amount of oil we buy from other countries in half. Remember when the other team was promising they were going to get gas prices down in like 10 years?  We did it.”

President Obama is correct. Gasoline prices have fallen dramatically in recent years. But the primary reason for this cheaper gas is the shale oil provided by hydraulic fracturing.

It’s strange that the president would claim credit for these lower prices since he’s presided over a continuing decline in oil production on federal lands. And the fracking that actually provides cheaper oil has largely taken place on private and state lands—outside of federal control.

The reason all of this matters is because Americans rely on a high-energy economy to provide the resources for safer, healthier living. Robust electricity generation in the nation’s power plants is what drives the treatment and delivery of clean drinking water, the transit and remediation of sewage and waste, and the medical care that cures illnesses and save lives. Without plentiful, affordable energy, America’s current standard of living would decline precipitously.

Thus the conflict of interest displayed on a bumper sticker advocating an end to fracking. Indeed, one way to end fracking would be to boycott oil—by never driving a car. But until activists make such a commitment, it’s hard to see the logical consistency in their argument.

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    Nothing says “pollution” like all those bumper stickers on that vehicle. And it’s not just about filling up the vehicle, but what the stickers are made of…haven’t seen one yet that’s not made of plastic 😉

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    It’s considered normal for leftist pigs to be hypocrites.
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    It’s normal for muslims and their sympathizers to be
    surrealist and bizzarely insane in their claims of
    victimization regardless that it is obvious
    they are the criminal perpetrators.

    It’s normal for democrats to lie unanswerably and that their
    utterances accepted as unequivocal fact because the
    corrupt MSM wants them to rule and destroy the middle class.

    It’s normal for people who have no right to legally be here
    to demand and get their every wish
    regardless that American citizens and veterans must beg and wait unreasonably
    for mere sustenance.

    Welcome to what the
    democrats, leftists, progressives
    have wrought.

    Incredibly, they are proud of this !

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