While many people detest those "negative ads" that run during each election cycle, the simple fact is: They work.
- Those ads gin up the base.
- They engender doubts in the minds of the opposition's supporters.
- They add votes to the candidate running those ads.
Taking their cue from this playbook, those who worship at the altar of environmentalism appear to be winning the propaganda war against fracking.
An article in Forbes indicates that although 80% of Americans favor using natural gas, they don't favor using hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") to produce it. In fact, support for fracking is on the decline.
The anti-fracking propaganda--claiming that fracking taints groundwater, causes earthquakes, and uses too much water--is having its desired effect. Potential (and unproven) impacts trum serious discourse of its benefits.
This outcome--having immense economic repercussions for the nation--reminds The Motley Monk of recent election cycles in which fearmongering rather than reasoned discourse proved more effective with the majority of voters.
Looking back to election cycles in the mid- to late- 1800s, perhaps it has been ever thus.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Forbes article, click on the following link:
"Confronting America's Persistent Energy Illiteracy."