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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Fourth Amendment says Obama is not at liberty to collect metadata
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Human Echolocation
As Americans struggle with climbing costs at the gas pump, the natural gas industry faces a crisis of its own: prices are too low.
The natural gas industry and its opponents are readying their final arguments for what many think will be a critical year in the debate over "fracking" safety.
Chemicals used to tap natural gas wells in the booming practice known as fracking may be responsible for groundwater contamination in a small town in Wyoming, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.
Despite billions of dollars in federal investment and cheerleading from President Obama, even the most ardent supporters of an energy sector based largely on wind, solar and other renewable sources acknowledge that their dreams have not translated into reality.
More than a month after the Obama administration said it would tap the country's emergency oil reserve to try to combat supply disruptions in the Middle East, gas prices at the pump actually have risen 10 cents.
President Obama has already conceded that last week's midterm elections put an end for now to his "cap-and-trade" plan to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, but European officials fear the GOP gains mark the death knell for the broader campaign for a binding worldwide agreement this year to address climate change.
Prices have risen $1 since just after Obama took office in January 2009 and are now closing in on the $3 mark, prompting an evaluation of the administration's energy record and calls for the White House to open more U.S. land for oil exploration.
"To the opponents, this is street theater," he said. "It's about doing movies, documentaries, demonstrations, all of which bring attention. They'll use everything. Earthquakes, water pollution, air pollution, global warming, you name it. Any excuse, anything that will get traction. And [the gas industry] always underestimates the money that the opposition has to spend."
The industry has made concerted efforts to become more open and responsible over the years by disclosing the use of chemicals and recycling water, but it has frequently underestimated the passion of its opposition, said Daniel Kish, senior vice president of policy at the Institute for Energy Research.