President Obama Says He Supports Fracking

Late last night while I was waiting for David Letterman to start, I hopped on over to Twitter to see what was happening in the #fracking stream. I saw something that made my eyes pop and my heart sink.


President ObamaI immediately clicked over to read more, hoping that this was some sort of mistake. Surely the President that I voted for, the President who spoke so much about green and clean energy way back in his 2008 campaign, wouldn’t support something that is so damaging to the environment. But he does and let’s just say that right now I am feeling slightly bamboozled.

On Monday, July 16, President Obama was in Cincinnati, Ohio for a campaign event. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that when a member of the audience questioned him about fracking, The President stated that he supports natural gas drilling so long as it is done “safely and in a way that’s envi­ron­men­tally sound.”

Well that is the thing, Mr. President, pumping thousands upon thousands of gallons of water laced with hundreds of known toxic chemicals into the ground in order to literally break up the rock isn’t exactly environmentally sound. Talk about an oxymoron.

Take a look at what President Obama had to say:

“Natural gas actually burns cleaner than some other fossil fuels,” the Democratic incumbent said in reply to an audience question. “It’s an ideal energy source that we potentially could use for the next 100 years.

“So I want to encourage natural gas production. The key is to make sure that we do it safely and in a way that is environmentally sound.”

The practice popularly called “fracking,” regionally concentrated so far in eastern Ohio and neighboring Pennsylvania, involves ground injections of chemically treated fluids at high pressure to fracture shale deposits and free oil and natural gas trapped inside.

“There are a lot of folks right now who are engaging in hydraulic fracturing who are doing it safely,” Mr. Obama said. “The problem is that we haven’t established clear guidelines of how to do it safely and to inform the public, so that neighbors know what’s going on. … Look, we are going to work with industry to establish best practices. We are going to invest in the basic research and science to make sure this is done safely and in a way that protects the public health.”

What do you think about President Obama’s comments on fracking? Do  you think there is a way for fracking to be environmentally safe?


  1. Jackie says:

    Our President made a lot of environmental promises that he did not keep. Hell he made a lot of promises in general that he did not keep. He’s going to have a hard time this November and this is coming from a die hard, life long Democrat!

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