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Cheap Energy for Americans? Shut It Down!

Written by Gary North on April 9, 2012

Natural gas prices are falling. This means that America will have a clean form of energy for decades — maybe centuries — to come.

The gas is available because of a new production process called fracking. It involves flooding gas pockets with water.

Now a government report says that this increase in fracking and an increase in the number of earthquakes in the Midwest are taking place together.

The report does not offer evidence of a cause-and-effect relationship. But it says there is one.

Washington, D.C. – A U.S. Geological Survey research team has linked oil and natural gas drilling operations to a series of recent earthquakes from Alabama to the Northern Rockies.

The word “link” means connection.

According to the study led by USGS geophysicist William Ellsworth, the spike in earthquakes since 2001 near oil and gas extraction operations is “almost certainly man-made.” The research team cites underground injection of drilling wastewater as a possible cause.

The enviros are licking their collective chops.

“With gasoline prices at $4 a gallon, there’s pressure to rush ahead with drilling, but the USGS report is another piece of evidence that shows we have to proceed carefully,” said Dusty Horwitt, Senior Counsel and chief natural resources analyst at Environmental Working Group. “We can’t afford multi-million-dollar water pollution cleanups or earthquakes that could pose risks to homes and health.”

The enviros want to stop economic growth. They want more government regulation. Falling natural gas prices are the #1 threat to their movement. So, new production must cease.

Here is the key fact:

The USGS authors said they do not know why oil and gas activity might cause an increase in earthquakes but a possible explanation is the increase in the number of wells drilled over the past decade and the increase in fluid used in the hydraulic fracturing of each well. The combination of factors is likely creating far larger amounts of wastewater that companies often inject into underground disposal wells. Scientists have linked these disposal wells to earthquakes since as early as the 1960s. The injections can induce seismicity by changing pressure and adding lubrication along faults.

The phrase “combination of factors” means “we have no explanation.”

I had wondered how the enviros were going to stop this development. I knew they could not tolerate vast new sources of clean, cheap energy inside the USA. That would give the USA a new source of economic growth.

Their political ship has come in.

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8 thoughts on “Cheap Energy for Americans? Shut It Down!

  1. i suppose the fracking in this country is causing the earth quacks in the rest of the world

  2. John Stewart says:

    If they find a way to blame it on human intervention, they will get a woopie award from BIG AL. He will get millions more.

  3. And if women aren't fully covered up in a burkas, the planet is doomed to have Tsunamis. Yeah right, suuuure.

  4. Victor Barney says:

    FORGET ABOUT IT! We have elected a man that HATES U.S. because HE KNOWS THAT WE REALLY ARE ISRAEL, NOT JUDAH, WHO ONLY WERE PREOMISED GRACE(MESSIAH). WATCH! p.s. Don't worry about obama because it's the two-witnesses of Revelation, chapter 11 that are going to punish u.s., not obama. Did you know that only 144,000 Israelites, less the Irish, will survive the punishment given u.s. by these two-witnesses of YAHSHUA(Rev. 11, & chps 16 &17)? Just saying…

  5. Jacob Steelman says:

    Having worked in the energy industry for over 30 years I suspect the report on fracking was in fact sanctioned by some of the larger producers in the energy industry especially in the natural gas industry. They want higher natural gas prices otherwise cheap natural gas prices will put downward pressure on all energy prices. This decline in natural gas prices is most probably a one off circumstance created from new natural gas coming into the market from shale gas and the unusually mild American winter but energy companies get nervous when they see prices dropping even though it may be temporary – just like Bernanke they do not like any deflation.

  6. Joe Schmoe says:

    Yes, of course, it's that fricking fracking that's causing all those earthquakes, like the one in Christchurch NZ, the one in Fukushima Japan, and all over the rest of the world. Pay no attention to these silly conspiracy theories about the United States government's ability to generate earthquakes using technology such as the HAARP facility in Alaska to generate very high energy scalar waves which can be directed through the earth to specific regions and formations, where the correct frequencies can set up resonance in geological layers, which in turn concentrate energy and cause fractures and shifts in rock. That phenomenon is mentioned in the scientific literature forming the original basis for the patent, and it has been openly acknowledged by the Pentagon that the "bad guys" (whoever THEY are) have such technology, but surely our loving and caring government doesn't possess such a technology. And even if they did they would only use it for good, not to clear out areas designated for rewilding under Agenda 21, or to accomplish other nefarious goals. Only the "bad guys" would do that.

  7. Joe Schmoe says:

    I am just aghast that you could make such thoughtless and hurtful comments about our fine natural gas industry. Our energy producers are all patriotic and honest citizens of the United States whose first concern is our national economic well being and security. They would never exploit the American people and leave them raped and bleeding in a ditch to be slaughtered by foreign economic interests as a consequence. You are a heartless and cruel man to make such mean comments. I think you should apologize to the natural gas industry and to our fine energy producers generally.

  8. We must exploit all of the natural resources we have here and if we get more than we need we should sell the excess to reduce or eliminate the $16,000,000,000+ debt. if the "tree hugging greenies" want a new target lets eliminate poly bags and go back to paper. They fought hard to eliminate paper bags etc in favor of plastic shich is made from oil. Psper can easily be recycled into facial and bathroom tissue, corrugated products etc. and if some of these products should escape into the woods they do compost away pretty rapidly,I use old news papers as mulch in my tomato patch and till them in at the end of the season. Maybe we can urge Al Gore and the whole group of greenies to find an island somewhere far far away and move to it.