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Energy and the 2014 election

See also: Energy and the 2014 election
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]

Read the report here

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