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Rep. Upton: Taxpayers Paid to Develop Fracking Technology, Now Should Have No Say in Its Use | Hacked By xNot_RespondinGx

Rep. Upton: Taxpayers Paid to Develop Fracking Technology, Now Should Have No Say in Its Use

This is unintentionally hilarious.

Hydraulic fracturing technology has helped to set the stage for a national energy boom, but the federal government needs get out of its way, the chairman of the House Energy Committee said Thursday.

In remarks to the National Association of Manufacturers, Rep. Fred Upton said “fracking” advancements have put the United States in a position to lead the world in natural gas production.

We presume that the good Congressman was not trying to be funny on purpose, yet he certainly succeeded.  Let’s start with how hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) came about in the first place.  As we wrote back in August 2012:

Incredibly, the government used our money to pay for the R&D on these practices, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Over the past few months, we called, emailed and ultimately FOIA’ed DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy to find out what they’ve done with our money – that the private sector apparently couldn’t have done, of course. In response, they boasted that DOE had “played a historic role in helping to advance the technology that is making shale gas production possible.”

In other words, the fulcrum practice enabling the cheap gas revolution was underwritten by taxpayers. As Matt Wald himself puts it: “[There’s] a technology where the government made early, risky investments…and used it to slash costs dramatically…it’s natural gas.

So, let’s get this straight: according to Rep. Upton, the government – which was instrumental in creating and nurturing the hydraulic fracturing industry in the first place – now needs to “get out of its way?” Translation: the taxpayers spent billions of their hard-earned dollars subsidizing development this hugely profitable industry, but now those same taxpayers should have no say in how the industry is regulated?  Or perhaps Rep. Upton – who, after all, has done a complete about-face, foresaking his roots as a common-sense southwest Michigan representative and becoming yet another representative from Koch Industries – prefers that we should all just let the natural gas “fracking” industry do whatever it sees fit with our nation’s aquifers, land, communities, etc.  A typically curious Uptonian approach to national energy policy…

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