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Energy and the 2014 election

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An oil derrick, which sits over an oil well to support the equipment used to drill the well or place pipe down the well.[1]

Battle lines drawn between energy and environmental groups

According to the Cook Political Report, energy and environmental advertising surged during the most recent election: "logic points to 2014 being the biggest cycle for energy/environment-related advertising, ever."[2] Additionally, both environmental and oil and gas groups had been targeting each other for faking grassroots support in states where fracking is a looming issue, especially Colorado.[3][4]

Why did this happen?

The United States is experiencing an energy boom due in large part to "fracking,” the technology also known as hydraulic fracturing, which has enabled the extraction of huge, previously untapped reservoirs of oil and natural gas. According to media reports and a new study, most Americans say they do not know anything about fracking and are uncertain whether to support or oppose it. Both sides had a lot at stake in promoting their side of the issue.[5][6]

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Welcome to the Energy Policy Project portal, where you will find information about major energy policy areas at the federal, state and local levels. Because policy is enshrined mainly in the laws and regulations, Policypedia will be working to provide information about those laws and regulations at all levels, and reporting on important controversies and lawsuits. Energy policy profoundly affects many aspects of citizens’ lives. We will begin by covering the economic, environmental and social impacts of major energy policy decisions across the United States. This information will equip citizens to understand better the nuts and bolts of energy policies, as well as the benefits and risks involved. Citizens will be able to decide which energy policies are most aligned with their interests, and make more informed decisions about which candidates and initiatives they support.

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