"Is the EPA and President Obama trying to shutdown natural gas production?" Like the question about whether Pennsylvania's rivers are glowing with radiation caused by drilling, the question about the EPA and President Obama is regularly asked, despite the fact that 2011 is going to be the record year for natural gas production.
President Obama and his EPA is doing a lousy job of shutting down the gas industry if that were their goal. Consider further these facts:
2009, 2010, and 2011 were 3 of the 4 highest years of gas production in the history of the United States. In 2010, natural gas passed coal to provide more energy for the USA for the first time since the early 1980s. All that on President Obama's watch.
But this data does not prevent the Wall Street Journal from printing as its featured letter to the editor just yesterday one that said: "President Obama has been very candid about his view, which essentially is that oil and gas industry must be stopped--regardless of the effects on our economy and national security."
The foregoing is as crazy as saying that gas drilling caused Pennsylvania's streams to be polluted with radionuclides. The nation is so polarized and the warring political camps speak often only to themselves that crazy is normal.