Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 | 2 a.m.
President Barack Obama’s recent embrace of natural gas can barely be called a “crusade,” (“Why Las Vegas is crucial in Obama’s natural-gas crusade,” Jan. 26). According to Project Vote Smart, President Obama has never used the words “hydraulic fracturing” in his public statements and directly referenced “shale” gas only once domestically prior to his State of the Union address. In contrast, a search for “solar” leads to four pages of results and a search for “wind” leads to seven.
While he travels the country visiting his preferred stimulus-backed enterprises, the president has never seen for himself how these operations are run. Yet still he has the audacity to take credit for the private sector’s embrace of this technology. A crusade would require tangible actions and rhetoric in support of responsible natural gas development.
Based on his total lack of interest, it is evident the president does not genuinely care about development of this resource.
The author is the energy and environment legislative specialist at The Heartland Institute in Chicago.