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Kamala Harris Gets a Fracking Education

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Kamala Harris in Wednesday’s debate declared that Joe Biden’s Administration would make the U.S. “carbon neutral” by 2035—a more ambitious goal than even California has set—while at the same time disavowing plans to ban fracking for natural gas. We look forward to Mr. Biden explaining this apparent contradiction in the next debate, if there is one.

Meantime, it’s worth highlighting a new Energy Information Administration report that shows how fracking and competitive energy markets have done more to reduce CO2 emissions over the last decade than government regulation and renewable subsidies. Vice President Mike Pence made this point on Wednesday night, and he’s right.

According to the report, energy-related CO2 emissions in the U.S. fell 2.8% last year as many utilities replaced coal and heating oil with less expensive natural gas. Hydraulic fracturing combined with horizontal drilling has unleashed a gusher of natural gas production in the Midwest and Southwest. As a result, natural gas prices have plunged, putting many coal plants out of business.

CO2 emissions from coal declined by more than 50% from 2007 to 2019, the report notes, and by 15% in 2019 alone. Between 2016 and 2019 the share of electricity generated by natural gas rose to 38.1% from 33.7% and by non-carbon generation (including nuclear and hydropower) to 38.2% from 35.5%. Coal generation during this period plunged to 23.3% from 30.3%.

Increasing power generation from natural gas has accounted for 60% of the country’s decline in CO2 emissions from electricity since 2010. The carbon intensity of the country’s energy declined at about the same rate during the first three years of the Trump Presidency as from 2009 to 2016.

3 Comments on "Kamala Harris Gets a Fracking Education"

  1. FamousDrScanlon on Sat, 10th Oct 2020 1:55 pm 

    Only a total fucking retard, who can’t read a historical oil extraction or consumption graph would be worried about the hollow words of any politician promising to decarbonize.

    I challenge anyone to demonstrate, with data, how any politicians policy or hysterical environmentalists words have prevented oil or any resource from being extracted & consumed.

    You’ll lose if you try. I have graphs for all of them starting in 1950 & every graph is a hockey stick graph up up up. The few minuscule perturbations coincide with recessions & the 70’s energy crisis & have fuck all to do with envirotards or so called environmental policy.

    I laugh at all the conservative morons who year after year for decades get triggered by environmentalists or another asshole politician with another pre election promise to de-carbonize (nine hundredth time).

    Why is it that after decades of all evidence to the contrary, conservatives continue lose their shit over these hollow de-carbonizing promises? It’s like they are puppets on a string. Unless one believes they truly can’t comprehend a simple graph.

    The environmental movement is the biggest failure of any social movement in history. The aggregate numbers in extraction, consumption, pollution & human population prove it no doubt.

    And the politicians? Cheap scripted theatre.

    America’s biggest oil boom came under Obama

    Obama takes credit for U.S. oil-and-gas boom: ‘That was me, people’

    “Mr. Obama told the audience at a gala for Rice University’s Baker Institute that he was “extraordinarily proud of the Paris accords” before saying “I know we’re in oil country and we need American energy.”

    “You wouldn’t always know it ,but it went up every year I was president,” he said to applause. “That whole, suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer and the biggest gas that was me, people.”

    It don’t matter what Dem politicians say or do since conservatives are conditioned to respond with fear, anger & hysterics – Dem man bad. Biden could read from the dictionary & y’all would freak the fuck out. Take heart. You’re not alone since team left is programmed to be just as knee jerk hysterical- orange man bad. It’s an identity politics marriage made in hell. Y’all so deserve each other.

  2. joe on Thu, 15th Oct 2020 3:49 pm 

    These globalists are serious about reducing carbon emissions by up to 50% by 2030. Yet they don’t plan to reduce production. Ursula Von Der Layen has a plan.
    So assuming they are serious what is it they plan to do. Firstly I believe they plan to play fast an loose with the definition of ‘carbon emissions’. Second they plan to reduce living standards.They absolutely plan to get rid of or reduce access to cars and planes these are symbols of your choice of freedom and ambition for a better life which their new normal cannot allow.
    Lastly they plan to reduce the average age of death to drastically reduce the global human populations through scamdemics and removing antibiotics easy access as well as changing the laws so that doctors won’t have to keep you alive.

  3. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 15th Oct 2020 3:59 pm 

    joe, nothings been done by politicians or the public at all except talking, blaming & endless empty promises. Talk is all the humans will ever do.

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