Yesterday, the Philadelphia Inquirer published an op-ed written by Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai. In the midst of Democratic presidential candidates pushing their radical environmental policies, nearly all of which include a ban on fracking, Turzai took the time to remind them of what this would mean for his home state.
An extremist policy advocated by many Democratic
presidential candidates — banning fracking — would cripple Pennsylvania’s
economy and leave hundreds of thousands of families destitute.
This fact has even been acknowledged by left-leaning state
representatives, like Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, who recently said
to the New York Times, “In Pennsylvania, you’re talking hundreds of thousands
of related jobs that would be — they would be unemployed overnight.” Still,
Democratic presidential candidates don’t seem concerned about the economic
well-being of the all-important swing state.
One 2017 study
found that, in Pennsylvania, 322,000 jobs were supported by the oil and natural
gas industry, providing nearly $23
billion in wages and contributing more than $44 billion in economic
activity. Energy costs in the state have also dropped significantly thanks to
fracking. In the past ten years, there has been an estimated total savings of
about $3 billion per year for the more than 2.5
million Pennsylvania households that use natural gas for heating.
The people of Pennsylvania have an important decision to
make in the upcoming election. The Democratic candidates are making the choice
incredibly easy: We can either extend the ongoing era of prosperity for another
four years or vote for a political party that will sacrifice hundreds of
thousands of Pennsylvania workers.
If you have any doubts about how important fracking is to
Pennsylvania, just look across the border to see what a ban on fracking has
done for New York: New
York’s Buried Opportunity: Cuomo’s Policy Prevents Prosperity While
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