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California Gov. Gavin Newsom Blocks New Fracking Permits in State

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Blocks New Fracking Permits in State

Does this make Newsom a Putin stooge?

This week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) stopped the approval of new hydraulic fracturing in the state until a panel of experts can review the permits for those projects.

Newsom also imposed a moratorium on new permits for steam-injected oil drilling, another extraction method opposed by environmentalists that was linked to a massive petroleum spill in Kern County over the summer.

“These are necessary steps to strengthen oversight of oil and gas extraction as we phase out our dependence on fossil fuels and focus on clean energy sources,” Newsom said in a statement Tuesday morning. “This transition cannot happen overnight; it must advance in a deliberate way to protect people, our environment, and our economy.”

It must be noted that #ImpeachmentInquiry witness and Russia expert Fiona Hill testified that she heard Russian President Vladimir Putin at a 2011 conference describe American fracking as a “great threat” to Russia.

The recollection came out at a point in the impeachment hearing when Rep. Mike Conaway of Texas was asking Hill about Putin’s propaganda efforts in the United States, at the center of which is the television channel RT, which pushes anti-fracking messaging. Hill agreed that Russia saw the growth of U.S. fracking as a threat given that it undermines Russia’s efforts to dominate the energy sector.

“In November 2011, I actually sat next to Vladimir Putin, at a conference, in which he made precisely that point,” she said. “It was the first time that he had actually done so to a group of American journalists and experts that were brought to something called the Valdai Discussion Club. So he started in 2011 making it very clear that he saw American fracking as a great threat to Russian interests. We were all struck by how much he stressed this issue. And since 2011, and since that particular juncture, Putin has made a big deal of this.”

Furthermore, evidence in the form of a tangible money trail links Vladimir Putin’s Russian government to U.S. environmental groups opposing fracking.

…In fact, the source of this funding has been subject of two congressional committee inquiries. Most recently, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, who chairs the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, released a report in March that explores Russia’s motives for disrupting America’s energy sector.

“Russia benefits from stirring up controversy about U.S. energy production,” Smith said in a press release. “U.S. energy exports to European countries are increasing, which means they will have less reason to rely upon Russia for their energy needs. This, in turn, will reduce Russia’s influence on Europe to Russia’s detriment and Europe’s benefit. That’s why Russian agents attempted to manipulate Americans’ opinions about pipelines, fossil fuels, fracking and climate change. The American people deserve to know if what they see on social media is the creation of a foreign power seeking to undermine our domestic energy policy.”

Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. is the largest producer of energy thanks, in part, to fracking. However, in his obsession to be a leader of the anti-Trump #Resistance, Newsom has essentially made himself a Putin stooge.


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Newsom’s position is that fracking is bad and all California has to do is figure out why. So much for the party of science.

    mrzee in reply to Cleetus. | November 26, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I’m not sure why they’re considered the party of science. Form environmental insanity (remember DDT?) to ant GMO activists to anti-vaccine morons, they’ve never been the party of science. Their the party of “make a lot of noise”.

      Barry in reply to mrzee. | November 26, 2019 at 8:22 am

      The D party’s only real science is the one of death. Like their commie brethren, they’re good at that.

      Tom Servo in reply to mrzee. | November 26, 2019 at 8:58 am

      Science says that Men have an X and a Y chromosome, Women have two X’s. The Party of Science doesn’t like that bit of Science one tiny bit.

    Twilight faith, liberal ideology, and Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic (e.g. politically congruent) religion.

    Well, you can’t believe in Climate Change unless you are against anything remotely related to CO2. That covers fracking. Of course, humans emit CO2, so Newsom is doing his best to drive them out of CA.

California elected this turd, enjoy the ride!

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to MAJack. | November 26, 2019 at 10:10 am

    He majored in that you know.

    Just like the Harvard-Yale football protestors are majoring in ……

“Does this make Newsom a Putin stooge?”

The stooge part is easy to answer in general. Is it Putin or Soros or maybe the Central Committee or another Mr. Big?

If he allowed fracking, would he then be able to collect tax dollars from the evil fossil fuel industry? Wouldn’t that be a good thing? Never mind.

    Tom Servo in reply to TX-rifraph. | November 26, 2019 at 8:56 am

    as someone who’s associated with the energy biz in Texas, I’ve got mixed feelings. First, of course this is all anti-scientific nonsense, it is taking witch-doktery and making State Policy out of it.

    On the other hand, every well that California *doesn’t* drill is a well that Texas *can* drill. Rig count is down, nat gas prices are
    terrible because of oversupply, and exploration companies are re-evaluating all of their prospects. If California is going to make themselves an even harder place to do business than before, I can guarantee you that every driller will simply turn it’s back on the entire State and focus it’s op’s on Texas and other places that are a bit more enthusiastic about economic activity. It’s just one more step towards California driving every last shred of productive economic activity out of the state, and honestly, that doesn’t bother me one bit.

Gee… I wonder if Newsome has appointed that noted energy expert, Hunter Biden, to his panel. Gotta’ be money to be had for corrupt people closely associated with politicians.

JusticeDelivered | November 26, 2019 at 8:18 am

I guess that California doesn’t need the revenue, and that they like seeing a huge capital outflow going to others for energy.

JusticeDelivered | November 26, 2019 at 8:18 am

I guess that California doesn’t need the revenue, and that they like seeing a huge capital outflow going to others for energy.

Of course he’s a Putin stooge. He’s a communist and they love all things Russian.

The Trump administration recently opened up large swath of federal land for oil/gas exploration and drilling. It will be interesting to see what happens when the federal government starts selling those new drilling leases on the CA federal lands.

Newsome may be biting off more than he can chew. Those are high-paying jobs and economic activity that would generate a lot of tax revenues.

And they are a high-priority national security factor. Our energy independence is what will shelter us from the worst of the coming turbulence over energy sources. Foreign companies will flee to the US to take advantage of ample, cheap and safe sources of energy. Their exports will be a major factor in reducing our chronic trade deficit.

They probably wouldn’t wanna frack too close to the San Andreas fault, it could lubricate the fault and the west half of the state might slide off into the ocean.

    MattMusson in reply to rinardman. | November 26, 2019 at 8:44 am

    Here is the problem. California bans fracking but not Injection Wells. Injection wells are when water and detergent are pumped into the ground to wash crude up to the surface. Injection wells are the ones that lubricate subsurface regions and cause earthquakes.

    Injection wells in Oklahoma have caused thousands of small earthquakes there. People think those wells are fracked wells. But, they are not.

      Tom Servo in reply to MattMusson. | November 26, 2019 at 9:01 am

      With respect to the small earthquakes – has there been even one single human injury which occurred because of any of them? Earthquake scientists say that small earthquakes remove the geologic stress that could lead to a larger one, so it may be that these mini-earthquakes are in fact providing a great service to the people in the region.

        MattMusson in reply to Tom Servo. | November 27, 2019 at 6:14 am

        You are absolutely right. The Oklahoma earthquakes are almost entirely 2.5 or less on the Richter scale.

        Interestingly enough, the Chinese managed to accidentally engineer a 7.0+ local earthquake when they damned a river recently. The weight of all that water caused the earth to shift. It was very strong but localized.

    rangered in reply to rinardman. | November 26, 2019 at 9:32 am

    ” it could lubricate the fault and the west half of the state might slide off into the ocean.” But are there any negative aspects to it?

    healthguyfsu in reply to rinardman. | November 26, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Sounds more feature than bug

At least California does not ban fracking and then suck oil and Natural Gas from states that do frack. (New York are you listening?)

California does not have a pipeline to Texas. So, they don’t buy fracked oil from the Southwest. Instead, they buy Crude from Saudi Arabia.

California is the ONLY US state that is still dependent on significant amounts of Middle Eastern Oil. Which is another reason they are paying so much more per gallon than the rest of us.

    Once the global global energy turbulence really gets going, CA is setting itself up to be directly affected by oil import tariffs. Keep digging that hole Newsome! Wait until those government employee pension funds blow up!

Progressives want to take us back to the 18th
Century. No fracking, no coal, no natural gas no power, no cars!!!

I have wondered if Gavin’s frackin’ position is what made Kimberly leave him for Don Jr. Does Don Jr. have a better position on frackin’? Asking for a friend.

The big problem is that Californians that voted for this idiot will want to move to red states for a better life and then vote for the idiots that ruined California.

Newsom favors the Green Blight, and environmental, labor, and monetary arbitrage for clean, green, socially-inoculated progressive profits.

Montney Python’s Frac’ing Circus

While it’s possible that frac’ing operations could directly trigger very minor earthquakes, there just isn’t any direct evidence for it… just models and statistical correlations.

In fairness, the inhabitants of the People’s Democratic Republic of California don’t have as much say in their own government as they used to. Ballot harvesting and other forms of voting fraud are insulating the Party’s leaders from the citizens’ wrath, and the toothless state GOP does not exactly count as an opposition party.

As the people of the PDRC are finding out (or will, soon enough), voting the Communists out of power is vastly harder than voting them in.

The frau wandered past as I was eating breakfast and reading this post to announce that the news on TV was about a major snow storm coming to western Colorado tomorrow and new wild fires in California. My first thought was we need snow and lots of it in the Colorado River basin and we don’t need California at all, so good news all around.

Move the 7th Fleet to Texas?

California imports 20% of its electricity from out of State.About 6% is coal produced electricity, the rest nuclear, gas, etc. California has the highest electrical rates in the continental United States and consistently has the least reliable delivery. You have to be special for that. The cities and towns of Alaska and Hawaii are not on grids, but rather are independent islands of electrical service…yet these small plants and grids are more reliable that the unified grid of the State of California.

    Commifornia has an interesting conundrum… The state has a $450 billion (and growing) debt and relies upon federal tax dollars to account for 35% of their annual budget. They’re really going to be up the creek when the last business crosses the border and turns out the lights. They’ve strangled the golden goose…

It sounds like Newsome is getting his “scientific” information from that well-known expert on oil and gas, Hunter Biden.

    Biden reportedly made $3 million from Burisma. He must be an expert, although I could provide the same level of expertise for a lot less.

Subotai Bahadur | November 26, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Just sit back and laugh. California chose this path, let them take it. And NO ONE should try to relieve their coming misery. It is not like they consider themselves part of OUR country unless they can put their hands out.

1) They import their necessary water to the point where if it was cut off or otherwise interrupted, they would be scrod [past pluperfect subjunctive].

2) They import electricity to the point where if it was cut off or otherwise interrupted, they would be scrod.

3) They import petroleum/natural gas [literally from overseas and from the US] to the point where if it was cut off or interrupted, they would be scrod.

4) They import both food and consumer goods and in their effort to kill Lyft and Uber to benefit unions, they also just made contract owner-operators of tractor trailer rigs illegal in California which plays hell with both imports and exports. I think between 1/4 and 1/3 of semis are owner-operators. That constitutes a cut off/interruption, so they are scrod.

5) They import illegal aliens including a major portion of cartels, illegal drugs, and pedophiles [my career was in law enforcement and I have knowledge of this from personal observation], and they deliberately draw in the mentally disturbed from around the country. And they pay for and value them more than productive citizens and legal aliens. At this they are successful, and the increasing flow means that they are scrod.

6) They chase out productive businesses and citizens with excessive regulations and taxes so that they are losing population despite #5.

They are beyond help. In the next few months to a year, things are going to go TANGO UNIFORM, and we cannot and should not interfere with their learning experience in any way. Just point and laugh.

I suspect that the business and personal losses incurred by the unreliability of electrical supply, and the personal disgust engendered by the mentally ill and homeless they are inviting, PLUS the ever increasing tax burden is going to make population loss and business closings a wonder to behold.

And the restrictions that they have put on their necessary imports have reached the point where they can be cut off largely by enterprises in other states just not doing business with or in California, closing valves, flipping some switches, or not shipping. And they are working to micturate in the Wheaties of those who control the valves, switches, and shipping.

Subotai Bahadur

The price of the product goes up as supply is restricted. I am sure the other producers will thank him later. Economics 101.

This moron contributes nothing. He’s a dumb idealogue who makes Jerry brown look like a genius.

What a tragedy.

Lucifer Morningstar | November 27, 2019 at 10:28 am

So let’s see. Homeless drug addicts litter the streets of the major cities. Once great cities are covered in human feces and needles and rats. There is an epidemic of hepatitis. Typhus/typhoid fever has been reported. As well as threats of bubonic plague and leprosy outbreaks. Huge areas are burning due to decades of state mismanagement and the best that anyone can do is blackout regions of the state leaving huge numbers of citizens and businesses without vital electricity to survive.

And the best Newsom can do to alleviate these problems is that he bans new state fracking permits.

Wow. With leadership like that I can see how the state of California has transformed itself into a third-world shithole.