Will Fracking Save Obama?
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  • Hubbub

    “Consumers throughout the U.S. are paying lower bills for heating and electricity because of cheap natural gas.”

    I’ve forwarded this to my energy supplier in Illinois. It seems to be totally unaware of this turnaround; in fact, it appears to think just the opposite as my recent electrical usage bills continue to rise as I reduce my real usage. The winter may be milder, but mild is still cold during the low months in northern Illinois.

  • Kris

    “Will Fracking Save Obama?”

    Dunno, but GOP fragging just might.

  • Mrs. Davis

    More important will be the aging boomers who cannot find a job and so leave the labor force, lowering the unemployment rate.

  • MarkJ

    “This may end up being the biggest irony of the 2012 election: a flailing, beleaguered President unwittingly saved by the industry he hates.”

    Here’s a real potential irony: Obama is unwittingly saved by the energy industry, gets reelected, and then is forced to resign after he bans fracking and the economy slides back into deep recession.

    Karma can be a real [profanity removed].

  • Alice Crawford

    “This may end up being the biggest irony of the 2012 election: a flailing, beleaguered President unwittingly saved by the industry he hates.”

    It will be up to the GOP to get the message out that brown is the new green.

  • RHD

    “The details of the new reports don’t exactly amount to an endorsement of his programs. Slow and steady job growth in the United States has little to do with the President’s pet programs in green energy—and a lot to do with brown.”

    There may be “slow and steady” job growth in certain industries (including oil and gas) but very little in the United States. While your comments are more tongue-in-cheek snark (which I agree is well deserved by Team O), this is also one of the rare instances where you seem to have accepted media spin, based on the BLS top-line unemployment rate and some general blather about ‘re-benchmarking’ to take into account the 2010 census. Bill Simon, Jim Pethokoukis and others have had deconstructed the BLS numbers and explain why they don’t (even remotely) show “slow and steady job growth,” but instead (at best) paint a picture of a shipwreck survivor treading water well out to sea with no likelihood of rescue in sight.

  • Rich

    You appear to take the government numbers at face value without paying attention to them lowering the number of jobs created when the next month comes. They do the same for unemployment, it is down then then next month on a Friday afternoon they silently announce that they weren’t down that much.

    Also what helps is the government not counting those who are supposedly not looking for work, I.e. their unemployment benefits ran out and those who are looking but are under-employed, i.e. working at a fast food joint.

    Fortunately the people seem to be catching on to this deception.

  • SamIam

    If fracking could save Obama it’s time to suspend all fracking until 2013. He must be defeated or all is lost.

  • Not to worry. If anybody can screw it up, this President can.

  • C.Olivas

    All I have to say is: Frack, baby frack!!!

  • TTT

    Dunno, but GOP fragging just might.

    Winning comment.

    How that gallery of idjits managed to screw this up, is stunning. They cannot oust Obama even after Obamacare, the Keystone pipeline, and hard left judicial appointments.

  • Rich K

    If Im a federal beauracrat all I can say is; Four more years,four more years.If Im anyone in the private sector I can only hope those folks stay home on election day.If Im Bill Gates,Warren Buffet,or any other very wealthy person I can say; Who cares,I got mine and the clowns I got elected will help me keep it.Have a great day everyone.

  • If 0bama’s campaign messaging starts to include references to “clean” fossil fuels, the loony left will go nuts. No matter, however. Who will they vote for besides 0?

  • Rather than count unemployment, I look at employment numbers.

    I count retired people the same as those not able to find work, that is “NOT AT ALL”.

    We are still way down from the 2007 peak.

  • Pettifogger

    MarkJ says: “Here’s a real potential irony: Obama is unwittingly saved by the energy industry, gets reelected, and then is forced to resign after he bans fracking and the economy slides back into deep recession.”

    It is difficult for me to imagine any realistic circumstance under which Obama would resign, no matter how bad the economy, healthcare, or the international situation gets. He will stick it out and brand his critics racists. And the media and the Left will buy it and promote it.

  • albo

    traditional resource states

    My home,the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, certainly is a traditional resource state.

    The first oil well was dug here, for one. Remember Pennzoil and Quaker State? We pump great lubricating oil.

    Plus there’s this little thing called anthracite coal, which is abundant only in PA, I believe, and which fueled the industrial revolution for 100 years.

    Respect, yo.

  • Irwin Chusid

    Frack, Barack, frack!

  • EBL

    What the Frack! Great post. I love the fracking part.

  • HopeForChange

    The sole reason the economy is showing even timid signs of recovery is there is cautios optimism brewing in the land that President Obama stands a very good chance of being voted out of office soon. This development, if it comes to pass, will lift all boats. That’s it.

  • jim

    Well, we’ll see.

    I’ve heard that the price of gas is so low now that a lot of projects that looked profitable in 2009 are marginal in 2012.

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