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The issue of energy, particulary issues affecting the shale industry, has become a rather fuzzy issue in this election. Below is an effort to get an idea on where the candidates stand on issues important to us. Cick on the links, make comments below and share this with your friends and family. Get educated!


Barrack Obama


Mitt Romney

Energy Regulation (Generally) "[Regarding natural gas]...President Obama will take every possible action to safely develop this abundant source of American energy." from "States will be empowered to control all forms of energy production on all lands within their borders...Federal agencies will certify, but the states will lead." from
Federal Regulations for Hydraulic Fracturing



Additional Taxes on Lease Bonus and Royalty Income

Supports (part of Obamacare)


Cap and Trade to regulate GHG Emissions from Gas, Oil and Coal


Hydraulic Fracturing on Leased Public Lands Supports requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. "... Will empower the states to develop, adopt and enforce regulations and review processes based on the unique geology, ecology and concerns of each state and its citizens."
Intangible Drilling Costs Against Undecided
Federal Regulation of Air Emissions while Drilling


Food for Thought

Obama on Electricity rates necessarily going up

Bureau of Land Management bans drilling on Ohio federal lands.

More regulations are coming. Energy Secretary Chu on Hydraulic Fracturing

"The [Obama] administration believes that it is no longer sufficient to address our nation's energy needs by finding more fossil fuels." Alan Krueger

"[Hydraulic fracturing] has a nasty track record of creating a toxic chemical soup that pollutes groundwater and streams...” Rebecca Wodders

Mitt Romney's Energy Proposal

Fox News on Romney Climate-Change Flip Flop


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Comment by Billy Park Whyde on November 2, 2012 at 11:28am

First off where do you vote here? 

Lima Ohio tank plant where the Abrams Battle Tank is built, modified and upgraded to be closed under Obama another job loss for Ohio not including the coal miners.
The BIGGIE though is the 1,010,000 job we will lose under Obama come January as he has stated he will veto ANY BUDGET BILL (something he never passed in the last four year) that does not tax the rich! Say what, you will destroy 1,010,000 jobs along with those families to claim you got even by beating up the rich at the newly unemployed workers expense! Absolutely a plan for the weak minded to believe in that Obama cares for them.

Comment by Clara Joyce Miller on November 2, 2012 at 11:16am

I had tapes of Mitt  and Obama back in 2008 and just finished viewing them again. So all I want to say is BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.

Comment by Kenneth E. Williams on October 31, 2012 at 6:26pm

I agree.  I would maybe vote for him if he utilized executive orders stating that there would be a moratorium on all federal regulations  for the whole new term as president if he won reelection.  HE WOULD HAVE TO DO THIS AND PUBLISIZE BEFORE NOVEMBER 2, 2012.

Comment by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 30, 2012 at 5:18pm

So please Anastasia, back up your accusation of not being balanced.

Comment by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 30, 2012 at 5:16pm

Anastasia, not really more balanced. Just more rhetoric from the candidates that can be shaped. If you click on the links I actually use people's own words and policies not just surveys that are filled out by some campaign interns. Anyone can fill out a survey, those are absolutely worthless and I speak from experience.

Comment by Anastasia on October 30, 2012 at 4:43pm

A better, more balanced article...  Make up your own mind.

Comment by Daniel Lovingood on October 30, 2012 at 1:53am

Lots of flexibility in these. As you realize, VOCs including methane contribute to regional haze.  It's all about the 'increment' , and you'll notice that refracturing is largely exempt.  EPA’s Air Rules for the Oil & Natural Gas Industry - SUMMARY OF REQUREMENTS FOR PROCESSES AND EQUIPMENT AT NATURAL GAS WELL SITES

Comment by John W Tillis on October 29, 2012 at 10:14pm

At least he is an honest god fearing person! If there was anything in their past that the Dems could use to discredit them it would have been used by now. He is a business man and maybe he can turn things around before its to late. 

Now for those who clam that fracturing pollutes groundwater that is no record history of this .

Comment by gary smith on October 29, 2012 at 9:35pm

daniel lovingood,obama is a proven leader? you must be kidding. tell a navy seal that. as alan keyes said a few years ago, barack obama is a communist and he will destroy this country. its just as simple as that.

Comment by Rowe on October 29, 2012 at 9:17pm
Romney has a different policy for every group he talks to.
Comment by Sandra Dodd on October 29, 2012 at 8:52pm

I live in NY in the Marcellus Shale and we are just being smothered by the environmentalists. Going on 4 years now waiting for hydralic drilling to be approved. New leasing has just dried up as no-one knows if they can drill here. Just vote for Obama and eventually the entire county may be this way......It is just a shame. 

Comment by Dan on October 29, 2012 at 8:25pm

Whoever you choose to vote for at any level of goverment, VOTE!  The more folks that vote, the more politicians will think we are paying attension, and just maybe they will consider their actions as much as their words.  There has been less and less leadership do as they say, and more and more say anything to please the crowd in front of them.  We must follow what they do and how they vote after election day.  What ever your veiws we need to hold politicians accountable so we have hope to climb out of the cess-pool politics has become and once again have productive debate and legislation that has made and kept our country great.  The party stalemates must come to an end.  If nothing constructive can be accomplished then they need to go home and forfeit their pay back to the people.      

Comment by Nette H. on October 29, 2012 at 7:32pm

Daniel T Richards, I watched the youtube video "The Dinosaur Election," . The scenario that President Obama may gain re-election thanks to the fossil fuel industry boom. Thank you very much. It was interesting, well done, enjoyable, scary and quite informative.  Not what I was expecting... thought it was going to be another hate-group focus. I was pleasantly suprised to find out this group is putting the frac fear in it's place. One could hope OH and PA have enough educated voters who understand what the producers of the documentary are demonstrating... but I fear, as the documentary states, there will be many voters who don't realize their new found wealth is not because of the Obama administration's policies. Kindof like Clinton and the .COM boom. Oh well, we will know shortly... Thanks for the link.

Comment by george m. on October 29, 2012 at 4:52pm

Obama is against fossil fuel development of any kind....look at his rejection of Keystone Pipeline.., His Energy Sec desire for $6-8 gasoline prices, great reduction of permitting on Federal Lands.  Don't be fooled by Obama's words...look at the prison in Cuba that he was going to close, immigration reform that he was going to get passed, etc.etc.  Obama is making the USA weaker.  He will say anything to get reelected.  Even the Union folks couldn't believe his objection to the Keystone Pipeline and tens of thousands of Jobs that would  have created plus less dependence on foreign crude!

Comment by Keith Mauck (Site Publisher) on October 29, 2012 at 3:11pm

Daniel L., that article doesn't actually prove anything (I actually just used it to bolster his support for it). I used the White House Office of Science and Tech webpage. Also, if Obama has the ability to swear off cap n trade then your argument re Romney looses alot of steam. Just saying...

Comment by jason smith on October 29, 2012 at 3:04pm
The personal venomous unfounded attacks on Mit Romney shows the desperation of the Obama campaign.
Comment by Nette H. on October 29, 2012 at 2:23pm

Daniel, thank you for the post. It was an interesting read. However, it gives me the overall impression that Obama acknowledged “cap and trade” as a position he supported. What did I misread?...

From the article; " It is clear that Obama supported cap-and-trade during his 2008 campaign and pushed for Congress to pass such legislation early in his term.  But it is also true that the issue also took back seat to other policy initiatives like health care and that key advisers like former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel actively discouraged elevating climate policy to the top of the president’s agenda.

But has he really “abandoned support” for cap and trade?

The idea is not mentioned on the White House energy website and does not appear in the 2011 “Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future.”  A search for “cap and trade” on his campaign website reveals “No Results.”

However, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is still touting cap and trade as a goal of the administration and earlier this year Obama acknowledged “cap and trade” as a position he supported." ...


Comment by Daniel T. Richards on October 29, 2012 at 2:07pm

The 2012 election may come down to two swing states: Ohio and Pennsylvania. Both states are in the midst of an economic boom brought by increased natural gas production. A new short documentary by FrackNation explores the possibility of Obama winning re-election because of this boom.

What do you think?

Comment by Al Anthony on October 29, 2012 at 2:06pm

Daniel, you're wrong, and so is Hugh Bartling.  Just because Obama has backed off Cap and Trade, it doesn't mean he doesn't support it.  Obama's policies have already cost us jobs. 

Comment by Daniel Lovingood on October 29, 2012 at 1:15pm

This website is very inaccurate. Obama DOES NOT support cap and trade.

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