EPA Moves Up War on Natural Gas

Russ Steele

I have written about is before HERE. the greenies, including President Obama, want the price of natural gas to go up, up and up so their crazy alternative energy schemes can be at least marginally competitive in the energy market. As the supply of natural gas expands, the price keeps dropping, so the price will soon only be the cost of transportation.  Pricy alternative energy will be unable to compete with almost free gas, so the government prodded by environmentalist are seeking ways to drive up the price of gas. More regulations seen to be the answer. This afternoon Obama-EPA launched the second round attempt to drive the the price of natural gas.

Here is a press release from Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.) Office.

Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, the Obama-EPA issued its first federal air rules for natural gas wells that are hydraulically fractured.  Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, said that contrary to President Obama’s reelection rhetoric, these new regulations are the latest in his administration’s war on natural gas production.

“The Obama EPA has been working aggressively to assert control over natural gas production so that they can regulate it out of existence – and this rule is just the latest in that grand scheme,” Senator Inhofe said.  “It’s no secret that EPA has been trying hard to manufacture a correlation between groundwater contamination and hydraulic fracturing, but in each case, they were unable to find sound scientific evidence to make this link.  So now, they’re attempting to usurp control through air regulations. EPA has given us few details about the rule, and while I look forward to seeing it in full, I have serious concerns about its potential impacts, particularly on smaller producers.

“If anyone thinks this isn’t the latest aspect of the President’s war on natural gas production, remember Big Green, including the Sierra Club, joined together today to give President Obama their most enthusiastic endorsement, calling him a ‘champion’ for their cause.  Everyone knows that these groups are no friend to natural gas: as Sierra Club DirectorMichael Brune said, ‘It’s time to stop thinking of natural gas as a “kinder, gentler” energy source.’  They must know that if President Obama wins reelection, he’ll have the ‘flexibility’ to do just that.” 

Emphasis was in the original.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

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