Rick Santorum Accuses Obama Of Attacking Hydrofracking

1ricksantorum Rick Santorum Accuses Obama Of Attacking Hydrofracking WASHINGTON — Rick Santorum called the anti hydrofracking is part of the left’s larger strategy of trying to “scare you into supporting radical ideas on the environment” during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference today.

“I come from Pennsylvania, we’re doing a little bit of that in Pennsylvania, thank God,” Mr. Santorum said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is currently working with the Department of Environmental Conservation to come up with rules to regulate and allow hydrofracking in New York after lifting a statewide ban on the controversial natural gas drilling technique last summer.

Mr. Santorum went on to accuse the Obama administration is “going after” the controversial natural gas drilling technique by trying to paint it as “a bogeyman.” Mr. Santorum didn’t explain exactly how President Obama, who expressed support for the procedure in his State of the Union address last month, is attacking hydrofracking.

“One of the favorite things of the left is to use your sentimentality, your proper understanding and belief that we are stewards of this Earth and that we have a responsibility to hand off a beautiful Earth to the next generation,” Mr. Santorum said. “And so, they used that and they’ve used it in the past to try to scare you into supporting radical ideas on the environment. They tried it with this idea, this politicization of science called ‘man-made global warming.'”

Mr. Santorum accused President Obama of using “this facade of man-made global warming” to try to pass cap and trade emissions regulations and to attempt to “get control” of the energy and manufacturing industries.

“I stood up and fought against those things. Why? Because they will destroy the very foundation of prosperity in our country. You look at any country in the world, you look at their energy consumption. their cost of energy and their quality of life, the standard of living,” Mr. Santorum said. “The more energy consumption, the higher the standard of living. That’s just the bottom line. … If we’re going to fuel a great and vibrant economy, we need affordable energy.”

After strong Republican opposition scuttled the cap and trade plan, Mr. Santorum said the Obama administration targeted hydrofracking.

“This administration has gone out and, not only has attacked us with cap and trade and global warming, but now that that has been thrown in the dustbin of history, now they’re going after hydrofracking,” Mr. Santorum said. “Of course, now that we’re doing hydrofracking near the population centers the bogeyman comes out, ‘Ooh look at what it’s going to do to you.’ You know how many wells have been hydrofracked in the United States? Oh, about 700 or 800,000. Where’s been all the noise ladies and gentlemen? They scare you, they intimidate you to trust them and to give them more power.”

Hydrofracking, which is shorthand for hydraulic fracturing, involves extracting gas from underground rock layers by creating fissures with a cocktail of pressurized water and chemicals. Environment activists argue the procedure is dangerous and want it banned outright. Proponents of hydrofracking, including the natural gas industry, which has spent millions lobbying for the procedure, promise fracking is safe and will create jobs. Proposed DEC regulations would permit the procedure in the state apart from the New York City and Syracuse watersheds, which would be free from fracking and surrounded by a 4,000 foot buffer zone.

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