Pushing back

The Unlikely Hospitalist, writing at The Lonely Conservative, says this has been a good week for supporters of fracking in the region:

First, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research released a report entitled “The Economic Opportunities of Shale Gas Development”. The report highlights some incredible numbers highlighting the economic benefits that would take place if the renewed moratorium on drilling [in NYS] were lifted. You really have to read it to believe it. You will be left wondering, as I am, “What the hell is wrong with New York”....

And at Real Clear Markets:

To find a remedy for New York State's persistent fiscal problems, New Yorkers need only look down—far down.

Miles below the Empire State's mosaic of cities, suburbs, villages, lakes, farms, and highways lie vast reserves of natural gas, currently off-limits to producers. IF Albany were to permit development of these clean energy resources, it would spawn new jobs, a surge of economic activity--and more tax revenues.

Read the whole thing.  Many of the points in the RCM piece were also covered in a paper referenced in an earlier post here.

And the opposition may be starting to fracture:

We always talk about and hear how well organized the anti-Marcellus crowd is, but the Josh Fox rally in Harrisburg this week [Tuesday, June 7th] suggests that there may be a significant disconnect — even outright animosity — amongst their followers. The rally turned out about 150-200 protesters, but everything we’ve read coming out of the event  indicates that this band of die-hard back-to-earthers were among the most radical of the entire lot — folks who aren’t interested in any outcome or compromise that doesn’t involve the end of oil and gas development in America.

[....] it’s no secret that we often do not agree with the information distributed by groups like PennFuture, but lo and behold — this rally has shown that, at least on one issue, we stand in agreement. Seems both of us want to see natural gas developed safely in Pennsylvania. We, and PennFuture, both want to embrace the economic benefits the Marcellus Shale brings while protecting the environment in which we live. And like us, PennFuture is opposed to a moratorium that would bring to an end the one industry in our state that’s actually creating jobs. Because of this, PennFuture did not attend the anti-fracturing rally in Harrisburg on Tuesday....

Lastly, the information is starting to make it into the MSM.  From a June 6th USA Today editorial:

Little more than a decade ago, the United States was running so low on natural gas that companies were making plans to cover the shortfall with imports of liquefied natural gas. Today, though, the marine terminals built to dock huge LNG ships in Texas, Louisiana and Maryland are being converted to ship gas out, not just bring it in...[Fracking] has brought a surprising amount of new gas production from states as disparate as Texas, North Dakota and Pennsylvania — enough combined with conventional supplies to last perhaps 100 years at current consumption rates.

That's game-changing, wildly underdiscussed news....

In 1992, climatologist Chris Folland stated: “The data don’t matter… We’re not basing our recommendations on the data. We’re basing them on the climate models.” Anti-fracking arguments often seem to follow the same sort of reasoning: we know what the conclusion is, now let's try and find the data to support that conclusion.

But people are starting to wise up.