by Benjamin Zycher
American Enterprise Institute
April 14, 2014
The environmental Left’s latest target is President Obama, urged last month in an open letter to prevent the exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and to make a commitment to keep “most of our nation’s fossil fuel reserves in the ground, in line with the recommendations of most of the world’s leading climate scientists.” The economic benefits of the fracking revolution have been so large, obvious, and popular politically that the Obama administration has found it necessary to support fracking and its attendant expansion of energy supplies and employment. The letters authors’ fail to address the recent peer-reviewed literature on GHG emissions from fracking, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates of the GHG effects of LNG exports, the magnitude of those GHG emissions in the context of world GHG emissions and a sensible application of the climate models, and the implications of the growing use of coal-fired power overseas.

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