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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.
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." 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.
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.
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- ↑ The Free Online Dictionary, "derrick," accessed June 27, 2014
- ↑ The Cook Political Report, "On Points: TV Advertising's Energy Boom and Other Messaging Highlights," September 23, 2014
- ↑ Huffington Post, "Colorado's First Couple of Pro-Fracking Front Groups," October 21, 2014
- ↑ The Complete Colorado, "Senate Report Highlights Colorado Nexus of Environmental Efforts, Billionaire Funds," July 30, 214
- ↑ Climate Central, "Americans Uninformed About Fracking Says New Study," accessed January 16, 2014
- ↑ Charles Davis and Katherine Hoffer, "Federalizing Energy? Agenda Change and the Politics of Fracking," accessed June 24, 2014
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