I've been noticing the sudden surge in visitors from the District of Columbia recently. Especially popular was this post from January 3 which included:

 As shale moves into an economic story, it will becomes a political one. Most obviously this sets the stage for an Obama victory by default later this year.  The two battleground swing states of Pennsylvania and Ohio are at the epicenter of the shale boom, and those in work in the states won't be interested in how they got those jobs - just that they have them.  Obama's opposition who ever that will be won't hurt, but the Democrats will see what side their bread is buttered on.  Democrats will ignore, or oppose, shale at their peril.

And today:

President Barack Obama will encourage the country's booming natural gas output in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, while defending his administration's energy record, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Obama was expected to devote a significant portion of his speech slated for 9 p.m. EST Tuesday calling for a "new era for American energy," which will include promoting domestic natural gas production, according to documents provided to Democratic party sources.

The connection is no less tenuous than shale and flaming faucets, although maybe slightly more grounded in reality. The President is positioning himself exactly as I would advise.

Obama's address will also focus on the importance of not sacrificing environmental protections and investments in clean energy during this time of budget constraints and concerns about job creation, said Elgie Holstein, senior director for strategic planning at the Environmental Defense Fund.

"We're anticipating that the president will make a pointed defense of the fact that taking care of our environment and building clean energy future is another form of investment in America's economic future," Holstein said.

 At this rate, maybe even European politicians will start waking up. We can only hope.

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  • Andy

    This is the section of Obama's State of the Union most relevant to shale:<br /><br /> Nowhere is the promise of innovation greater than in American- made energy. Over the last three years, we've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration, and tonight, I'm directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources. Right now, American oil production is the highest that it's been in eight years. That's right - eight years. Not only that - last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years.<br /> <br /> But with only 2 percent of the world's oil reserves, oil isn't enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy - a strategy that's cleaner, cheaper, and full of new jobs.<br /> <br /> We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy. Experts believe this will support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. And I'm requiring all companies that drill for gas on public lands to disclose the chemicals they use. America will develop this resource without putting the health and safety of our citizens at risk.<br /> <br /> The development of natural gas will create jobs and power trucks and factories that are cleaner and cheaper, proving that we don't have to choose between our environment and our economy. And by the way, it was public research dollars, over the course of thirty years, that helped develop the technologies to extract all this natural gas out of shale rock - reminding us that Government support is critical in helping businesses get new energy ideas off the ground.<br /> <br /> What's true for natural gas is true for clean energy. In three years, our partnership with the private sector has already positioned America to be the world's leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries. Because of federal investments, renewable energy use has nearly doubled. And thousands of Americans have jobs because of it.

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