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Monday, August 29, 2016

Op-Ed Makes Case For Fracking as a Key to Fight Against ISIS

From News & Observer:
Over the past half century, groups bent on ideological domination have intentionally murdered unarmed civilians, including pregnant woman and children, using among other things suicide bombers. Those are true acts of terrorism. 
I find it distasteful and dishonest when environmental extremists attack energy technologies by referring to them as “terrorism.” Such is the case with hydraulic fracturing or fracking. What I find truly repugnant are the politicians whose periodic security and economic briefings inform them of the benefits of fracking yet who remain silent or encourage the branding of an energy technology, equating it with the slaughter of innocents. 
Fracking is helping to defeat terrorism. Our politicians have been told that fracking is reducing the price of oil. By making global oil prices lower, fracking is hurting ISIS and other terrorist groups that are known to sell the oil they have captured on the black market to fund their activities, or receive funding from oil exporting nations. 
Congress and the president know when the supply of oil is high, outstripping demand, the price falls. Such is the case today. In the past few months, the U.S. benchmark price of crude oil has fallen from above $50 a barrel to below $40. When oil prices were high at $100 a barrel or more and supply was lower, governments desperate for oil were incentivized to purchase it from terrorists. 
Today’s low oil price puts less money in the hands of terrorists to fund their goal of fear and destruction. One can only imagine how much worse terrorism would be if oil still exceeded $100 a barrel. Clearly fracking is an economic weapon making America more secure.
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