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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 30, 2013/ 23 Menachem-Av, 5773

Fracking the good news

By Wesley Pruden




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You just can't please the apple-knockers, soreheads and doom-criers. Everyone who ever sat in a long line back in the 1970's, waiting for an hour or two to get a few gallons of gasoline, often entertained himself with a fantasy of big American oil strikes to put the Saudi princes in their place, preferably on a planet in an obscure universe far, far away.

Now, through the innovation of modern technology, we have that strike - not only of oil, but sometimes something better, because it's cheaper, cleaner and there's lots of it. The Saudi princes are looking for a place to run.

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the royal billionaires, says Saudi Arabia is under "threat" because of fracking, the technology of extracting gas and oil from energy deposits trapped deep underground. Growing supplies - actual supplies, not merely reserves - in the United States have dramatically cut demand for Saudi oil.

The prince has written to Ali al Naimi, the Saudi oil minister, to complain that demand for oil from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), "is in serious decline." He warns that the Saudis should diversify their economy. More than 90 percent of the revenues in the current Saudi government budget comes from armed robbery, i.e., using the hose at a gasoline pump as the weapon.

The prince is not a part of the government, but as a businessman who speaks his mind as the owner of Kingdom Holding, an international investment firm, often says things government officials don't want to say.

Naturally this good fortune makes the teeth of environmentalists itch, their hair hurt and their shoes ache. The greenies don't like the Keystone pipeline, which would bring crude down from our Canadians friends, and they don't like fracking, because they want everyone to ride a bicycle. It's not just in America.


Demonstrators have been hanging out at an English village at a village in West Sussex, where test fracking is about to begin, inviting arrest. England being England, there's a quaintness to the misbehavior. Five were arrested for "causing a danger to road users" and 12 were cited under a trade unions act for "preventing workers from accessing their work site."

Britain, like the United States, discovered that the reserves of energy locked up underground are far larger than first thought. One site in Lancanshire is thought to harbor 1,300,000,000,000 cubic feet of gas.

(That's almost as much gas as Congress has produced in debates over abortion, gun control, or immigration reform, which, unfortunately, is inert and isn't combustible.) Prime Minister David Cameron's ministers look to the United States as the example of how shale energy boosts tax revenues, creates jobs, reduces imports of energy and drive down household bills.

But it's the Americans who are giving the Arabs the willies. The new World Energy Outlook report, made annually by the International Energy Authority and released last week, predicts that the United States will become self-sufficient within two decades and by 2025 - only 13 years hence - surpass Saudi Arabia as the largest oil-producer on the globe. It gets even better: "The result is a continued fall in U.S. oil imports," the agency says, "to the extent that North America becomes a net oil exporter around 2030."

The doom-criers, who will always be with us, predicted back in the '70s that this could never be: The world was running out of oil, the fault mostly of the Americans who were using more than their share, and soon we would all be sitting around in the dark, trying to remember television. The doom-criers are still at work, decrying fracking as the judgment upon us.

Hydraulic fracking is not new. Before World War II the oil and gas companies in Texas and Oklahoma discovered that water, under extreme pressure, could force sand and chemicals into a shale formation, loosening the shale and releasing oil and gas. The chemicals and the water crack open the shale, the grains of sand keep the fractures open and the escaping oil and gas does the rest.

The environmental skeptics argue that the fracking brine, released into the earth, could despoil drinking water. The seismic plunder of the nether regions might set off earthquakes. Burning the resulting fuel could make global warming worse, tilting Mars on its axis and spoiling the beauty sleep of Venus, even though the globe isn't warming, but actually cooling.

What really bugs Barack Obama is that the discovery of this abundant new energy thwarts his scheme to downsize and disarm America, to make it too small to protect its friends and too weak to harass the nations of the third world, so long mistreated by the ogres of the West. Theirs is a fantasy, too, of an America cut down to a size to match the dreamers of small dreams. They should frack that.

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