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More praise for fracking

Posted: January 16, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 16, 2014 2:00 a.m.

I’d like to applaud Sue Hartman’s Jan. 10 column in The Signal (“Fracking for a prosperous California”) regarding the benefits of fracking. And I’d like to add a couple of thoughts.

Funny how the fracking experience in the Dakotas and elsewhere puts the lie to all the Dem/socialist dogma and talking points we’re constantly bombarded with.

Interestingly enough, just a few days ago one of the Saudi princes noted how fracking poses a real threat to the Middle East stranglehold on the oil market.

According to an interview by Michael W. Chapman posted on, “Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to ‘any oil-producing country in the world,’ adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a ‘matter of survival.’”

I would think that’s a good thing.

Our own energy independence would have the further side benefit of taking us out from under the economic thumb of factions in that part of the world who essentially blackmail us politically due to our need for their product.

Further, we’re positioned to be the world’s largest producer of petro-products, a net exporter, with all the economic benefits that derive from that. We can have those petro-dollars flowing in instead of out.

We have the largest known energy resources in the world. We need to take advantage of that.



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