California’s Geologic Energy Management Division just denied 21 oil drilling permits in Kern County this week. “State Oil and Gas Supervisor Uduak-Joe Ntuk sent letters Thursday to Aera Energy denying permits to drill using hydraulic fracturing in two Kern County oil fields to protect ‘public health and safety and environmental quality, including (the) reduction and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions,’” the Associated Press reported.
The AP also said it was “the latest move toward ending fracking in a state that makes millions from the petroleum industry but is seeing widespread drought and more dangerous fire seasons linked to climate change.”
“The attack on oil must end,” Sen. Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) said in a press statement. Grove, who lives in and represents Kern County continued:
“A California without oil is an implausible dream being pushed by progressive politicians. The Governor should protect quality careers and vital tax funding while ensuring Californians have access to affordable and reliable energy.”
This is bad timing for Gov. Newsom, facing a recall election in 70 days, because there are 366,000 jobs in California supported by the oil and gas industry, according to the Western States Petroleum Association,
Also according to the Western States Petroleum Association, the oil and gas industry provides:
- 366,000 jobs in California are supported by the oil and gas industry – that’s enough people to fill every NFL stadium in California more than 1.5 times!
- More than $152 billion in total economic output was added to the California economy in 2017 – that’s nearly 7.5 times more than the impact of the state’s agricultural exports!
- $26 billion was paid in wages to all workers supported by the oil and gas industry.
- $21.6 billion was contributed in local, state and federal tax revenue to support schools, roads, public safety and other vital services.
Western States Petroleum Association delves into Kern County’s energy and economic contributions to California:
Kern County is home to 40,480 of California’s 53,120 active wells.
Kern County produces more than 70% of all oil in the state.
14,213 Kern County residents directly employed by the oil and gas industry.
Kern County oil and gas industry produces $925 million in local and state tax revenue.
Kern County oil and gas industry produces $9.1 billion total economic contribution.
There are 23,900 total jobs in Kern County supported by the oil and gas industry.
Sen. Grove continued:
“By prioritizing locally-produced energy that is generated under the toughest environmental protections on the planet, you can maintain California’s climate leadership and protect our economy. Phasing out fracking in the state of California only increases our dependence on foreign oil and many of the abysmal regimes that produce it. Kern County produces over 50% of the state’s renewable energy and 70% of our fossil fuels, which keeps California moving with fuel and clean energy. The Governor needs to quit trying to fix what isn’t broken and immediately instruct CalGem to approve these 21 fracking permits so we can protect our domestic oil production.”
The products alone made from petroleum are used by everyone:
– Birkenstocks and inhalers;
– Baby bottles, diapers, baby and toddler car seats;
– Camping and hiking gear, tents and sleeping bags;
– Anything at REI, Anything at Camping World;
– Anything in a Prius – particularly the cushy seats;
– Running shoes;
– Dog leashes, frisbees, poop bags;
– Bicycle helmets;
– Water pipes and red solo cups.
No one is immune from the lifestyle supported and supplied by oil, gas and petroleum.
Notably, oil and gas reinvestment has already resulted in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and expanding energy affordability. As Jude Clemente reports in Forbes, as U.S. temperatures spike, so does the need for natural gas.
California already purchases more than 1/3 of its energy out of state. Yet California has been unrealistically and unwisely used as the EPA’s model for more efficiency and more renewable energy, Clemente has repeatedly warned.
“After almost two decades of mandates, tax breaks, and tens of billions (if not hundreds) of dollars spent on renewables, ‘green energy leader’ California still requires a staggering amount of natural gas (Germany might be an even better example).”
“In California, the recent 33% rise in gas prices was still met with nearly a 60% surge in gas generation to save the day.”
“Just imagine the devastation if the CPUC vote to keep five gas plants online past 2020 had gone the other way.”
“Practical energy policy begins with being honest with ourselves: natural gas is nowhere near as displaceable as some are claiming that it is.”