Greens widely hailed President Obama’s decision to block the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, but was that move just setting up a pivot toward brown? Following his State of the Union address, the President announced plans to increase demand for natural gas by supporting infrastructure that makes use of it, as well as by opening up millions of acres of offshore real estate to new drilling. This policy could yield several political benefits. For starters, green industry has yet to become the job-creating dynamo Obama promised; brown jobs, meanwhile, are there for the taking. Even better, America’s expanding production and vast reserves of shale gas mean less reliance on foreign sources of energy. Natural gas is also both greener and cheaper than oil at current prices. Cheap, greener, and locally produced: What’s not to love?Plenty, say the implacable greens. Despite all the upsides, they have criticized the plan, citing the fact that more and more American natural gas is produced via fracking and offshore drilling, two of their greatest bugbears. A little gratitude for the President’s politically risky call on the Keystone decision would seem to be in order, but that is not how the green lobby works. Yes, yes, they say, we know you fell on your sword for us over Keystone, but what have you done for us lately?The President could use some nicer friends.
Obama Fracks, Greens Sulk
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