The consensus at Friday’s field hearing by the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus on the economic impacts of shale production was that it is a “game changer....
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He (Jeff Wheeland) would like to see federal funding to incentivize fleet conversion to natural gas. If natural gas is such a good deal, why aren't fleets using their own private money to convert. Also, if the natural gas industry really needed the business, they would help private fleets convert. Change the recipients of the money to individual private citizens and you have something that looks a lot like government supporting the "47%". It seems to me that "leeches" come in all stripes and your point of view has a lot to do with how well you see them.
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This caucus was nothing but a "love fest" between elected representatives and the gas industry--prettied up for public consumption without public input. The idea that the questions posed by our representatives--all of them invested in one way or another in the success of fracking ventures--were anything other than contrived prompts for the ancillary industry respondents to advertise for their businesses is absurd. None even mentioned the contribution of methane to climate change, and the presupposition that jobs sanctify absolutely any environmental outrage went entirely unquestioned. Every one of these "representatives" should be ashamed for having participated in this cynical mockery of democracy, and so too every industry charlatan on these panels.
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