For some peculiar and irrational reason, the environmental lobby has perpetuated a particularly fierce campaign against hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a. fracking, the practice of using high-pressure injections of water, chemicals and sand to extract natural gas from underground. Greenies seem to take umbrage with anything that even apparently violates our ancient Mother Earth, but fracking has been around for decades and natural gas is a cheap, abundant, and relatively clean form of energy that fits well in our infrastructure — even the EPA admits that “natural gas plays a key role in our nation’s clean energy future.”
The natural gas jobs-and-investment scene is going gangbusters, but despite the boon to our economy and energy portfolio, environmentalists just can’t abide forms of energy that a) make money, and b) provide affordable energy to the masses. They’ve got all sorts of projects going to shoot the whole industry down.