I think the problem is that the fracking industry is bad locally - water on fire and all that. Plus some of the earthquakes in the mid-West have been attributed in part to fracking. It’s cleaner at the end, but what about the extraction process? Of like much else, it’s effecting the people who can least do anything about it - the working classes with little to no political power.
We need to just get off oil/gas completely. There has been a constant stream against this move towards renewables, and we need to be moving in that direction.
I don’t think they have to be, though. We need to throw government money at them, to keep costs low until they have an economy of scale. The US government has subsidized all sorts of things to keep costs low and it works. I’d pay more taxes to fund that, actually.
This… we need a raise in wages. More money coming into the consumers pocket, the more going out in terms of consumption, including of energy, which would create a larger tax base, with which we can fund alternatives.
I think this is going on, but there is also serious pushback because they have serious cash to spend on propping themselves up today. Look at what they did to the early electric car!
I agree. I think the fracking boom gave Obama cover to say no. I think we we’ve seen what he’s done on other tough issues (see, for example standing up for a provision in the ACA for a single payer system - he abandoned that pretty early on). I don’t think Obama is politically brave. Probably braver now than he was in his first term, but still.