California Senate defeats SB 1142, the moratorium on fracking. But don't agonize, innumerable Californians in their undeviating naivety will persevere to ban fracking just as they now blessed us all with ineffectual cap and trade while China alone constructs another grimy coal-fired plant every two weeks to counterbalance.
If anti-frackers must purchase big screens, cars, smart phones and so on, they will simply and continually be manufactured overseas and shipped on those nice, mammoth tankers from Asia to local Walmarts. In the near future, more countries will commence the implementation of the innovative hydraulic fracturing techniques, coupled with horizontal drilling technology, to acquire low-priced energy from the innumerable shale deposits all around the world. Even tiny Israel possesses shale deposits off shore and may soon be an energy exporter.
Meanwhile, California can fabricate more of the improved 17th-century avian Cuisinarts (windmills) for costly, but nevertheless stylish boutique energy. Bear in mind, you can construct windmills utilizing steel, but you can't produce steel using windmills. Regrettably, there are inadequate acres of deserts and other land areas to generate sufficient levels of "green" energy.
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With fervent conscience, anti-frackers must forgo hot showers, heat in the winter and cooking on upmarket stoves near Sub-Zero refrigerators if they truly crave to banish petroleum products in earnest. Consequently many of them can also take advantage of that rising number of $10-an-hour jobs in our "new" voguish green economy to pay off their student loans. Anti-frackers must walk their talk.