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Here’s How to Devastate U.S. Energy and the World Economy: Ban Fracking

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  democrats  consumers  economic growth 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 14, 2019

Calls for a ban on hydraulic fracturing by some of the Democratic presidential candidates continue to make for discussion on the campaign trail – and boy, that is a discussion everyone should be paying attention to. The stakes are sky-high.

Recently, we highlighted this Michael Lynch analysis warning that a fracking ban could devastate the U.S. economy. Now the Manhattan Institute’s Mark P. Mills has a piece on Real Clear Energy asserting that in the most serious scenarios, banning U.S. fracking could put the global economy in recession – entirely plausible, given that the United States is the leading producer of natural gas and oil, the two energy sources that supply 54% of the globe’s fuel. In all, Mills notes in this report, fossil fuels supply 84% of the world’s energy.

Those are the stakes when candidates kick around the notion of banning hydraulic fracturing, which is used for 95% of new U.S. wells today. Ban fracking and you pull the rug out from under U.S. production – and with it, energy security, global energy leadership and, yes, environmental progress – considering increased U.S. use of natural gas has lowered energy-related carbon dioxide emissions to their lowest levels in a generation.

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Here’s How to Devastate U.S. Energy, Economy: Ban Fracking

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  economic impacts  natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 25, 2019

Energy analyst Michael Lynch has a couple of charts in his recent article for Forbes that do a good job of showing the stark repercussions of banning hydraulic fracturing – as a number of Democrats have advocated on the campaign trail.

First, understand that modern, technologically advanced fracking is used for 95% of new wells today. Shale and tight sandstone formations, which need hydraulic fracturing to be economically feasible, accounted for about 69% of total U.S. dry natural gas production in 2018 and 59% of total U.S. crude oil production, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. So, yes, a fracking ban or something approaching it would put a major dent in U.S. production.


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Poll: Maryland Plurality Supports Fracking

maryland  hydraulic fracturing  fracking  natural gas  jobs  economic growth 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted March 1, 2017

Maryland lawmakers pushing for a permanent state ban on hydraulic fracturing should touch base with their constituents first. A new Goucher College poll finds that among those who have an opinion on fracking, most don’t want the state to make the current fracking moratorium permanent. Goucher surveyed 776 people earlier this month and found 40 percent oppose banning hydraulic fracturing, with 36 percent supporting a ban.

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100 Days: Hydraulic Fracking Driving U.S. Energy Renaissance

100-days  fracking  hydraulic fracturing  energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 7, 2017

The link between hydraulic fracturing and U.S. global leadership in oil and natural gas production is direct: Without fracking, there’d be no American energy renaissance – or the array of benefits it is providing to our economy, to individual households, U.S. manufacturers and other businesses.

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On Fracking, EPA Should Stand With the Science

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  safety standards  epa  water 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 9, 2016

With EPA’s finalize report expected any day now, Americans should ask what scientific evidence has EPA accumulated since August that would compel the agency to drop or water down its conclusion. The answer is simple: None. The science and the data led to the conclusion in EPA’s 2015 draft report. The agency should stand by it. Any other outcome would be bowing to political arguments, not scientific ones.

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The Global, Positive Impacts of the U.S. Energy Renaissance

oil and natural gas  exports  lng exports  domestic energy production  fracking  shale energy 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted December 7, 2016

It’s hard to overstate the importance of America’s fracking-led energy renaissance – to our economy, individual households, energy security, the environment and to America’s ability to shape global events for the good. That last point is being underscored right now.

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The Quantitative, Scientific Support for Safe Fracking

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  safety standards  epa  oil and natural gas 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 17, 2016

As EPA nears the release of its finalized hydraulic fracturing/water report, the weight of scientific study and analysis backs the agency’s preliminary conclusion that there’s no evidence that fracking has led to “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.” Dozens of other recent studies reached similar conclusions – including peer-reviewed case studies and research by academics, government and industry, as well as state and federal regulatory reviews.

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The Negative Impacts of Restricting Fracking

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  oil and natural gas  economic benefits  emission reductions  consumers  manufacturing 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted November 3, 2016

Let’s follow up on a post earlier this week on the energy stakes in next week’s election with some recent analysis by Adam Sieminski, who heads the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Speaking at a Natural Gas Roundtable event, Sieminski said that constraints on hydraulic fracturing, reducing its use, could have significant price impacts. 

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The Green Case for Fracking

hydraulic fracturing  fracking  natural gas  emission reductions  climate 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted October 20, 2016

When a former Greenpeace executive director comes out in support of hydraulic fracturing, your first impulse probably is to check outside to see if pigs indeed have taken flight. The second and totally serious response is to understand and embrace the argument for fracking that's being made by one leading environmentalist. That environmentalist is Stephen Tindale, who led Greenpeace U.K. from 2000 to 2005.

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Energizing Wisconsin

wisconsin  hydraulic fracturing  fracking  vote4energy  states2016 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 30, 2016

Wisconsin doesn’t produce any oil, it doesn’t produce any natural gas. But it produces great sand – lots of it that plays a critical role in America’s energy renaissance. Wisconsin is the nation’s leading fracking sand producer, supplying 24 million tons of it, accounting for 44 percent of U.S. production, in 2014.

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