Hypocrisy on Natural Gas

Only in Washington…

Senators who co-sponsored the FRAC Act (S.587) – with the exception of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – also voted for the NAT GAS Act.

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Barabara Mikulski (D-MD), Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have all also co-sponsored legislation that would place significant regulatory hurdles on hydraulic fracturing, but then turned around and voted in favor of subsidizing natural gas vehicles, which are only competitive thanks to an abundant supply of cheap natural gas.

The well-established technology of “fracking” has been crucial to the natural gas boom, yet these senators want to make it more difficult to do. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is used to extract natural gas from below the Earth’s surface. Environmentalists hate fracking because it provides cheap, abundant natural gas, which is a “dirty” fossil fuel. They claim it will cause toxic chemicals to seep into drinking water, but this is a bogus claim as there is no evidence that fracking contaminates water. Even President Obama’s EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson, admitted last May that she was “not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water.”

The FRAC Act is a solution in search of a problem. It is about increasing government regulations on an industry that is booming. It’s classic Washington hypocrisy. On the one hand these senators are praising the natural gas vehicle industry, and on the other hand they’re trying to regulate it into oblivion. You can’t have it both ways, and they need be called out for their hypocrisy.

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