SF Bay-area county bans fracking–even though there’s no fracking actually going on there
From my latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
UC-Berkeley: No oil and gas, but plenty of environmentalist virtue-signaling
California’s Alameda County, across the bay from San Francisco and home of the University of California-Berkeley, has banned hydraulic fracking.
The only hitch: There is no hydraulic fracking in Alameda County, and there never has been.
So forget those visions (delightful as they might seem) of geologists blowing up the ultra-liberal UC-Berkeley campus to get at the oil and gas.
As the DC Examiner reports:
“Alameda County has only one active oil field, and no one fracks there to extract oil.”
But what Alameda County does have is plenty of self-satisfied environmentalist virtue–and where there is virtue, there is bound to be virtue-signaling. And nothing signals environmentalist virtue so strongly as a completely unnecessary fracking ban:
“Five different California counties also banned fracking, but none of them produce much oil.”
Furthermore, not only are those local fracking bans strictly symbolic, but even if they addressed a real-life issue, they would be completely useless:
“This strategy has been entirely unsuccessful in other states, as the oil and gas industry has historically been regulated by the state, not local, government.”