Al Franken Brings The 'You Didn't Build That' To Fracking Boomers - ""This whole renaissance in natural gas is due to research done by the Department of Energy paid for by the United States taxpayers," Franken said."

With a bevy of fellow senators and natural gas industry experts angling to jack up profits by boosting gas exports, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) had a reminder for them in a Senate hearing Thursday: You didn't build that gas boom -- taxpayers did.
Natural gas prices have plummeted since 2005, as firms across the nation have aggressively deployed hydraulic fracturing technologies to extract gas from shale formations deep underground.
That boom started with the work of George Mitchell's Mitchell Energy and Development Corp., which proved in Texas in the 1990s that fracking could work.
It worked so well that now gas in the United States costs significantly less than inother parts of the world, and Thursday's hearing was laying the groundwork for U.S. producers to cash in with more exports.
It would spur the economy, create construction jobs, lower the trade deficit and give allies an alternative to seeking gas from Russia or Iran, proponents argued.
But Franken wanted his colleagues to at least reflect on what it would mean for the people who made it all possible -- the taxpayers.
"I want everyone here to understand who developed that technology, and who's responsible for that, and it's the taxpayers of the United States," Franken said in the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.
"We're hearing senators talk about discoveries of reserves of natural gas in their states as if this is just a discovery that happened out of nowhere," Franken said. "This is because of the taxpayers doing investments in research into three-dimensional microseismic imaging, done in Sandia National Labs."
Indeed, while Mitchell is widely credited with sparking the natural gas resurgence, a number of researchers have pointed out that his efforts were made possible by decades of research that cost billions of dollars and were led by the federal government.
"This whole renaissance in natural gas is due to research done by the Department of Energy paid for by the United States taxpayers," Franken said.
His interest in making that point was not just to tout the overlooked benefits of public research. His state produces no natural gas. It does, however, have manufacturers and homeowners who use natural gas, and who likely would see prices rise if producers can ship more of their product overseas. From his perspective, making it easier to send gas to China and Europe only hurts his constituents.
"This does Minnesota no good whatsoever," Franken said, although he allowed that certain sectors of the economy would benefit.
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) added another point that ran counter to the growing push for energy exports, noting that cheap gas gives the broader United States manufacturing sector -- which uses gas heavily -- one of its few advantages over enterprises around the world that have lower wages, few worker protections and lax environmental safeguards.


  1. BellsNwhistlesJanuary 30, 2015

    Who is responsible for them after god creates them?

  2. dougdigglerJanuary 30, 2015

    It's true, without huge tax breaks and other federal subsidies, the petroleum industry would have to actually work for those massive profits. So just fuck the Kock Brothers and all of their mercenaries, most likely the editors of this site as well.

  3. j,hbdfjv,bzdJanuary 30, 2015

    If you're so fucking concerned about a group of cells then why don't you sponsor one of the girls or women seeking an abortion and provide them with enough money to support the child through adulthood. Stupid fucking birther.

  4. dougdigglerJanuary 30, 2015

    Hi, this website has now just utterly shat its crib in terms of any credibility. I will be making a point to avoid "" from here on out. You people are imbeciles.
    That is all.

  5. Petunia WigglebottomJanuary 30, 2015

    An aborted crotch dropping is better than an unwanted crotch dropping. I should know. I often wished the bitch who had me aborted me. It would have been better than living with her for the years I did, though I was lucky enough to be able to escape after 5 horrid years. And I did get even. For eternity, you worthless sack of shite! In fact, the song (Mama is a Psycho Bitch From Hell) is quite popular, though in a non-profit way.

  6. What we really need, another 1,6 million child prostitutes:

    "God is responsible for creating every human life that’s ever lived"

    "tearful abandoned girl at a university in Manila after she asked why God allows children to become prostitutes."
    “Many children get involved in drugs and prostitution. Why does God allow these things to happen to us? The children are not guilty of anything.”

  7. Every abortion may be a tragedy, but the much bigger tragedy is a child born to a parent or parents who don't want a child, can't afford (another?) child, or is born into a system that has no room for them and only sees them as tax cows. The most messed up adults I've known were born to parents who either subtly or explicitly let their child know that they weren't wanted. Do you really want to increase those by 1.6 million times per year?

  8. "Private" means "hidden from the prying eyes of the public". Enough with the "for the children" rhetoric.

  9. TheJokool .January 30, 2015

    These aborted are the lucky ones...The world would be better without ANY humans.This includes those who somehow believe themselves to have more rights and privileges than others

  10. What a load of bleeding-heart kumbayah. We have the power to control our fertility, and our numbers. Is this not a received gift from your god?

  11. Are you leaving soon then?

  12. 50% were blacks

  13. Lets put you in a cell

  14. Justified murder...sickos

  15. No your right what the hell kill them..Moron

  16. I am a male. I am guilty of contributing to this abomination and did not understand it the way I do now. This is a very traumatic experience for most women. We all need to be more responsible and conservative when it comes to our lustful impulses. It is wrong. Bringing children into a world when we we are not prepared is equally wrong as well. We need to grow up here and be more responsible when it comes to sex. This can be prevented. My opinion for what it is worth. Many will claim it is worth nothing I am certain.


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