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Unfortunately, facts like these have not stopped anti-hydrocarbon activists in and out of the Obama administration. They are master fearmongers and propagandists, advancing their “just say no” opposition to North American fossil fuel energy. They use lawsuits, lobbying, fabrications and demonstrations to block drilling, fracking, pipelines, coal-mining and coal-burning, and countless other projects, while promoting subsidies, favoritism and exemptions from environmental laws for wind, solar and biofuel programs.

During his first inaugural address amid the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told America, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

Environmental extremists take the opposite tack, arguing that we need to fear just about everything. Giving in to fear and throwing more roadblocks in front of responsible energy and economic development creates far more harm than benefit.

It’s time to elect a president and Congress that understand and encourage sensible, responsible North American energy and economic development.

Paul Driessen is senior policy adviser for the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and author of “Eco-Imperialism: Green Power, Black Death” (Merril Press, 2010).