Fracking showdown: Will CA media STILL ignore Obama view?

Fracking showdown: Will CA media STILL ignore Obama view?

Fracking-ban1-300x248The prospect of rich Dem dilettante Tom Steyer targeting Jerry Brown over fracking is scary in some ways. It could well lead to fracking never coming to California and bringing the jobs and wealth it has to North Dakota, Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

But it could also improve the public debate on the issue by finally forcing California’s pathetic media to acknowledge the Obama administration strongly supports fracking.

Not so far. Here’s the entirety of the Sac Bee’s story on Steyer’s hardball:

“Hours after Gov. Jerry Brown drew protests from environmental activists over his permissiveness on hydraulic fracturing, billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer called Saturday for legislation requiring a two-thirds vote of the electorate in any county before the controversial form of oil extraction can go forward in that area.

“The remarks reflect the expansion of Steyer’s effort to lobby the state Legislature on oil. He previously announced an effort to push for a tax on oil extraction in California, although such efforts failed to gain support in past years.

“‘In California, it takes a two-thirds vote by the Legislature to impose taxes, and in local communities it requires a two-thirds vote to impose taxes,’ Steyer told delegates at the California Democratic Party’s annual convention. ‘The business community has argued for years that this two-thirds vote is important to make sure they are not taken advantage of. Well, that exact same logic should apply when it comes to fracking.'”

Biggest green shills also hide Obama views

green-kool-aidThe Los Angeles Times story also had no mention of the president’s views.

It’s time to once again relate the story of the Times’ journalistic malpractice on this front. It doesn’t get more extreme or obvious. I’m amazed Patterico hasn’t jumped on it.

This is from what I wrote for CWD on May 18, 2013:

Say what you will about The New York Times, but at least it’s not in denial about fracking the way The Los Angeles Times is.

Friday’s LAT coverage of new U.S. Interior Department rules for fracking on 756 million acres of public and Indian lands depicted the rules as being strongly objectionable to both enviros and the energy exploration industry.

The NYT coverage made the industry whining seem more pro forma and offered this essential point that the LAT couldn’t bring itself to point out:

“The 171-page proposal is the first significant regulation issued under the new interior secretary, Sally Jewell. Ms. Jewell worked in the oil industry in the late 1970s and proudly said that she fracked a few wells in Oklahoma.

“Ms. Jewell said in a conference call for reporters that the administration would continue to lease large tracts of public and Indian lands for oil and gas development and that it was critical that rules keep pace with technology.

“Anticipating criticism from environmental advocates, she said: ‘I know there are those who say fracking is dangerous and should be curtailed, full stop. That ignores the reality that it has been done for decades and has the potential for developing significant domestic resources and strengthening our economy and will be done for decades to come.’”

NYT quotes Obama Cabinet member; LAT quotes flack

The L.A. Times’ account put in the “fracking is safe and has been around forever” context by quoting an oil industry trade association spokesperson. The NYT quoted THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR!

Quite a gigantic difference. But than the LAT’s Neela Banerjee and Wes Venteicher and their editors can’t have Times’ readers knowing the Obama administration likes fracking, can they? It doesn’t fit the West L.A.-Marin County-NRDC narrative.

…. END …

Back to March 2014.

Hey, Dan Walters — alleged contrarian? When are you going to point out how terribly your paper and the LAT have done on fracking by leaving out Obama’s view?




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  1. S Moderation Douglas
    S Moderation Douglas 9 March, 2014, 08:56

    All of a sudden, CWD *cares* what President Obama thinks???

    What about global warming?

    What about ACA??

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    • Ted Steele, CEO
      Ted Steele, CEO 10 March, 2014, 05:52

      Douglas– As you know, half of these CWD-ers are birthers, Roswell Alien Fans ™, and moon landing hoaxers too!

      Reply this comment
  2. Queeg
    Queeg 9 March, 2014, 10:56

    Who in heck cares what globalists supported politicians think…’re being generous “thinking” politicians “think” rather than marionette verbalizing, referred to as parroting!

    Reply this comment
  3. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 10 March, 2014, 05:50

    Fracking: Pumping 600 chemicals at high pressure down near the water table?

    What could possibly go wrong?

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  4. Hank
    Hank 10 March, 2014, 07:03

    Fracking takes place THOUSANDS of feet down far below the water table. The only “wrong” in decades of this procedure was the EPA pretending once again ability and actually damaging the water supply. Thinking and doing is best left to those who know how, not government.
    “Political” science is NOT science.

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  5. Chris Reed
    Chris Reed Author 10 March, 2014, 10:17

    Ted Steele ignores the Obama administration’s view on this. Too much fun to troll.

    As for the other posters, who don’t get why that Obama’s view matters, it helps fracking come to pass if we have an honest debate, and on this issue, Obama’s views have weight.

    Like him or not on other issues.

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  6. Chris Reed
    Chris Reed Author 10 March, 2014, 17:44

    I cite the report filed by a fact-finding group chosen by Obama’s Energy Department and headed by an MIT scientist and former CIA director.

    I don’t believe he is in the tank for the oil industry. He sees it as a just another heavy industry that needs close regulation. Not an apocalyptic threat.

    Fracking began on a massive scale in the 1970s. It was only when it become more efficient in recent years and changed the energy debate that enviros began objecting to it.

    If it truly were the devil, then why didn’t they complain about it in the 1970s?

    Example: Newsweek had an 1,800-word article in its Oct. 30, 1978, issue headlined “The New Gas Bonanza.” It placed fracking at the center of one of the big energy stories of the late 1970 — an unexpected boom in U.S. natural-gas production.

    Where was the Sierra Club calling fracking horrible back then? Nowhere. Because greens didn’t care when it wasn’t efficient.

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  7. Ted Steele, CEO
    Ted Steele, CEO 11 March, 2014, 06:52

    Chris— With all of the huge subsidies to big energy and these SAME companies— you don’t think that this President– or ANY president is “in the tank” with them?

    Honestly Chris?


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    • Donkey
      Donkey 11 March, 2014, 09:02

      TCS, you are such a statist mooch!! The energy business results in a huge tax grab for you RAGWUS feeders, yet you always make it sound as if it is never enough.

      “Subsidies?” Really? How is it that gas is $3.39 a gallon in Arizona, $3.25 in Utah, but $3.90 in California, but the oil company only makes about 8 cents on a gallon of gas? Your greedy RAGWUS propaganda is being exposed for the evil lying machine it is TCS. 🙂

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      • Ted Steele, Manager
        Ted Steele, Manager 11 March, 2014, 14:43

        LOL—- Duncey—-

        Sounds like you drank the big oil Kool Aid ™

        Mmmmmmmmmm There’s not a globalist alive that Duncey won’t serve!

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 13 March, 2014, 09:25

          TCS, there isn’t a RAGWUS bureaucracy you wouldn’t get down on your knees to satisfy, to suck the life out of a free citizen. 🙂

          Reply this comment
          • Ted Steele, CEO
            Ted Steele, CEO 15 March, 2014, 07:20

            Freedom aint free little buddy. Sitting in the bunker day after day watching Fox News and posting letters to the ed isn’t doing much. Please put more pressure on your globalist masters. They are severely limiting your options.

            Have you heard anything on your astronaut application?

          • Donkey
            Donkey 16 March, 2014, 18:18

            Freedom is free you statist tool! It is the RAGWUS feeders that have made the cost of government do high!!

            Your definition of freedom ends in slavery!! 🙂

  8. Queeg
    Queeg 11 March, 2014, 17:13

    Name calling Donkey is so high school. All you do is moan moan and moan……your miserable. Pity.

    Reply this comment

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