18 March 2010

Putin Says "Jump!" and Obama Asks "How High?"

Obama's EPA is instigating an investigation into shale gas drilling practises, with the aim of finding a way of ramping up regulations to largely shut down US shale gas production.

The US shale gas bonanza has thrown a huge monkey wrench into the energy starvation works, and has inconvenienced Russia's plans to hold Europe hostage to its gas pipelines at the same time.

Putin and his minions have been making a lot of noise about how unsafe shale gas drilling methods are to US public health (as if they really cared). So it is funny how quickly Obama's EPA is responding to Putin's prodding.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will conduct a comprehensive research study to investigate the potential adverse impact that hydraulic fracturing may have on water quality and public health.

Hydraulic fracturing is a process that drills vertical and horizontal cracks underground that help withdraw gas, or oil, from coalbeds, shale and other geological formations. While each site is unique, in general, the process involves vertical and horizontal drilling, taking water from the ground, injecting fracturing fluids and sands into the formation, and withdrawing gas and separating and managing the leftover waters.

Hydraulic fracturing is emerging as an important technology in accessing natural gas. There are concerns that hydraulic fracturing may impact ground water and surface water quality in ways that threaten human health and the environment. To address these concerns and strengthen our clean energy future and in response to language inserted into the fiscal year 2010 Appropriations Act, EPA is re-allocating $1.9 million for this peer-reviewed study for FY10 and requesting funding for FY11 in the president’s budget proposal. _GCC

US Congressmen Waxman and Markey took the early initial steps in response to Russian complaints. Now that the huge faux environmental-industrial lobby has gotten into gear to press the Obama administration to shut down shale gas, it is only a matter of time before the issue comes to a head.

We are familiar with how easily enviromental science can be corrupted by power-seeking politicians from the experience of NASA and NASA GISS during the Clinton-Gore administration. The ClimateGate revelations and the incredible string of IPCC follies merely adds to the strong impression of science as being eminently corruptible by government funding -- which is influenced directly by politicians -- who are influenced directly by lobbyists.

Political forces are inherently corrupting wherever they are exerted. Science appears particularly susceptible for many reasons unique to science.


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Blogger Ugh said...

Why am I not surprised. These energy Nazis will stop at nothing! I wrote about this last month on my blog... http://protohuman.blogspot.com/2010/02/what-gas.html

Why would the fact that the EPA, the Groundwater Protection Council and the Department of Energy could not find even one case where fracking fluid had actually contaminated a water supply be sufficient enough for Obama and company? We know why, don't we?

Thursday, 18 March, 2010  
Blogger neil craig said...

I think you are overestimating Putin's power in US politics if you think this is being done at his behest rather than that of America's indiginous eco-fascists.

While the end of the cold war is good thing for those of us who don't want to wake up glowing it has relieved America's political class of any need for the country's economy to compete with an opposing system.

Friday, 19 March, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

SN: Under Obama, the EPA is not so much interested in scientific evidence as it is interested in political expediency and pleasing the boss.

Neil: Yes, in any sane world, the sadistic fascist would have been laughed back to the gutter he came from.

Unfortunately, the Obama - Pelosi regime of the US is not lending itself to the creation of a sane world. Putin and the O-P reich share some of the same goals.

It is a relationship of expediency at this time. Russia wants to dominate Europe's energy supplies to the point of blackmail. The O-P reich wants to starve US industry of fossil fuels -- and as a side effect force the US and Europe to buy more fuel from bloody dictators.

Don't ask for for an explanation of the psychology of O-P. It is a perfect storm of self-destruction.

Friday, 19 March, 2010  
Blogger kapusta said...

...from 2000 to 2008 the Saudis told our drunken moron leader W "Jump" and W said "How High?"...

Tuesday, 23 March, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

Truly, Kapusta? Is that the type of lame tu coque excuse we should expect from Obama and his zombies for all of his embarassing missteps and incompetencies?

Tuesday, 23 March, 2010  

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