“With North Carolina’s moratorium on hydraulic fracturing set to be lifted next year, Kay Hagan should embrace America’s energy revolution that will create good paying jobs, protect access to affordable energy, and provide added revenue to strengthen local communities,” said AEA President Thomas Pyle.
“For over 60 years, hydraulic fracturing has been used to unlock our energy resources. But for too long, the powerful national environmental lobby has strong-armed public leadership into siding with more red tape, which has led to fewer jobs, higher energy costs, and reduced opportunity. Sen. Hagan should stop playing politics, stand up to the special interests, and fully commit to supporting American innovation and ingenuity,” he added.
Hydraulic Fracturing Helps Local CommunitiesDuke University Research Finds Hydraulic Fracturing Helps Local Government Coffers; Revenues Exceed Costs: “The researchers found that the net impact of recent oil and gas development has generally been positive for local public finances.” (Richard Newell & Daniel Raimi, “Local Government Financial Impact of Recent Oil and Gas Development,” Duke University Energy Initiative, Accessed 8/18/2014)
Hagan Opposed North Carolina’s Efforts to Advance Affordable EnergyHagan Opposed State Legislation That Would Lift The Moratorium On North Carolina’s Hydraulic Fracturing For Shale Gas In 2015: “In her speech, Hagan blasted the Republican legislature for rolling back environmental regulations.” (John Frank & Renee Schoof, “US Sen. Kay Hagan and her challenger House Speaker Thom Tillis at odds over climate change,” Raleigh News & Observer, 5/31/2014)Hagan Is Trying to Have It Both Ways On EnergyHagan Is a Skilled Politician Who Knows Her Audience: “In a speech to an environmental group in Raleigh last week, Hagan expressed support for the EPA’s role [in regulating power plants].” (John Frank & Renee Schoof, “US Sen. Kay Hagan and her challenger House Speaker Thom Tillis at odds over climate change,” Raleigh News & Observer, 5/31/2014)But Days Earlier, With A Wink & A Nod To Environmentalists: “Hagan expressed concern about the timeline for implementing the rules, asking in a letter to the EPA that the public comment period be doubled to 120 days. She declined to sign a stronger-worded letter backed by 45 senators asking for the same extension.” (John Frank & Renee Schoof, “US Sen. Kay Hagan and her challenger House Speaker Thom Tillis at odds over climate change,” Raleigh News & Observer, 5/31/2014)Fearing Blowback From Environmentalists, Hagan Has Been Reluctant to Support Sensible Energy Policies for North Carolina: “Hagan took a more careful approach to describe where she stands on energy issues, straddling a line that may frustrate environmentalists.” (John Frank, “Hagan blasts Tillis on environment,” Raleigh News & Observer, 5/27/2014)
Hagan Also Flip-Flopped On Her Support For A Carbon TaxFLIP: The Hill: “Hagan Campaign Says She Opposes Carbon Tax.” (Zack Coleman, “Hagan Campaign Says She Opposes Carbon Tax,” The Hill, 9/6/13)FLOP: Sen. Kay Hagan Urged Harry Reid To Make A Carbon Tax A Top Priority. On July 16, 2010, Sen. Kay Hagan, along with 11 other senators, sent a letter to the Majority Leader calling for a “price on greenhouse gas emissions.” (Letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, 7/16/14)