Here is what Obama had to say about fracking:
“Natural gas actually burns cleaner than some other fossil fuels,” the Democratic incumbent said in reply to an audience question. “It’s an ideal energy source that we potentially could use for the next 100 years.via (h/t Fracknation)
“So I want to encourage natural gas production. The key is to make sure that we do it safely and in a way that is environmentally sound.”
The practice popularly called “fracking,” regionally concentrated so far in eastern Ohio and neighboring Pennsylvania, involves ground injections of chemically treated fluids at high pressure to fracture shale deposits and free oil and natural gas trapped inside.
“There are a lot of folks right now who are engaging in hydraulic fracturing who are doing it safely,” Mr. Obama said. “The problem is that we haven’t established clear guidelines of how to do it safely and to inform the public, so that neighbors know what’s going on. … Look, we are going to work with industry to establish best practices. We are going to invest in the basic research and science to make sure this is done safely and in a way that protects the public health.
Interesting that the quote mentions shale oil too. There could be some formation that is actually viable but most of it isn't recoverable yet. Commercially recoverable shale oil would see the fact reflected in the markets.
The other mistake is to say that fracking only happens in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Every well is fracked. Every single one. Even old wells get serviced and stimulated with the latest technology. I've seen figures saying that 95% of wells are fracked today. I disagree but the disagreement only amounts to a difference in defining fracking. Fracking is any technique that fractures the rock around the well bore. Others may get more specific.
If you read my recent post about fracking you would be glad to see the left, at least the leadership, seems to have capitulated. The facts about fracking are overwhelming. To be against fracking is to be ignorant. This is an uncomfortable position for the left as they have spent large amounts of time casting themselves as smart or progressive and morally superior.
Its nice to see them retreat.
If you like winning arguments with leftards, fracking and drilling are some subjects you may really enjoy. All they know is what eco-nuts have told them: bullcrap. They are so convinced they can fit the entire universe into their tiny skulls that they will enter debates armed only with bullet points from an email newsletter. Annihilating these pretentious snowflakes with nothing but facts is a joy that keeps you smiling long after the encounter. Read up. Be ready for your moment of triumph.