Pathetic media never report Obama’s support for fracking

by CalWatchdog Staff | March 12, 2013 6:30 am

March 12, 2013

By Chris Reed

fracking.equipIt’s bad enough that the media consistently depict hydraulic fracturing as new when it’s been around for 60-plus years[1]. But what’s also amazing is that the California media covering[2] the state government’s ongoing attempts to develop “fracking” regulations — including occasional contrarian Dan Walters[3] — never mention[4] the fact that the Obama administration has basically said full speed ahead. The U.S. Energy Department accepts the consensus of regulators over the past 40 years that fracking to access oil and natural gas reserves is just another heavy industry — one that’s fairly dirty but manageable.

I made this point in a U-T San Diego editorial[5] which noted fracking’s immense potential[6] to create an economic boom in the Golden State:

“What few seem to understand, and what the media have rarely emphasized, is that the Obama administration dismisses [environmentalists’] alarmism about fracking … .

“This is why the president’s first energy secretary, Steven Chu, said: ‘We believe it’s possible to extract shale gas in a way that protects the water, that protects people’s health. We can do this safely.’

“This is why the MIT physicist the White House recently nominated to succeed Chu, Ernest Moniz, described the risks to water posed by fracking as ‘challenging but manageable.’

“This is why the president’s first Environmental Protection Agency director, Lisa Jackson, told a House committee that she was ‘not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water.’”

Have you seen this context in any MSM story about California’s regulation of fracking?


The same pathetic bunch that ignored the downside of AB 32 until this year[7] has ignored the fact that fracking has Obama’s blessing.

Pretty amazing.


  1. 60-plus years:
  2. covering:
  3. Dan Walters:
  4. never mention:
  5. U-T San Diego editorial:
  6. immense potential:
  7. until this year:

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