The Hill on public opinion of fracking David Hill considers a recent Pew poll that asked Americans about their views toward hydraulic fracturing, which found that 48 percent supported it, against 38 percent who did not. That split is precarious, he writes: "Unless public opinion is managed with diligence, this support could wither. And the current level of support, short of a majority, is not necessarily strong enough to create a bandwagon effect that will help nudge those on the fence to come down on fracking's side. In short, support is fragile and in desperate need of shoring up by energy and fracking advocates." Regulation, he says, will be crucial to mustering more support: "The key items that should be on the energy industry’s to-do list are filling empty heads, self-policing of bad operators and focusing on state control of regulations on fracking."
The Washington Post on the economic impact of the energy boom "The U.S. economy has expanded 7.6 percent since the recession ended in 2009," begins Brad Plumer. "That’s better than Britain, Japan, the euro zone and many other advanced nations around the world. So why is that?" Plumer tackles the theory that increased production of oil and gas has helped the U.S. economy reap gains absent in other countries by reporting on paper by Capital Economics, a research firm. "Given that the oil- and gas-related sectors account for only 2.5% of GDP, they have contributed just 0.6 percentage points (ppts) to the 7.6% rise in GDP," the firm found. "That’s still significant (the reduction in imports alone have contributed 0.4 percentage points to growth)," Plumer says, "but it’s also relatively limited."