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2016 Postmortem

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marble falls

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Sat Jul 25, 2015, 11:21 AM Jul 2015

How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World [View all]

How Hillary Clinton's State Department Sold Fracking to the World
A trove of secret documents details the US government's global push for shale gas.

—By Mariah Blake
| September/October 2014 Issue


One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton's plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state descended the stairs to the snow-covered tarmac, where she and her aides piled into a motorcade bound for the presidential palace. That afternoon, they huddled with Bulgarian leaders, including Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, discussing everything from Syria's bloody civil war to their joint search for loose nukes. But the focus of the talks was fracking. The previous year, Bulgaria had signed a five-year, $68 million deal, granting US oil giant Chevron millions of acres in shale gas concessions. Bulgarians were outraged. Shortly before Clinton arrived, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets carrying placards that read "Stop fracking with our water" and "Chevron go home." Bulgaria's parliament responded by voting overwhelmingly for a fracking moratorium.

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Clinton urged Bulgarian officials to give fracking another chance. According to Borissov, she agreed to help fly in the "best specialists on these new technologies to present the benefits to the Bulgarian people." But resistance only grew. The following month in neighboring Romania, thousands of people gathered to protest another Chevron fracking project, and Romania's parliament began weighing its own shale gas moratorium. Again Clinton intervened, dispatching her special envoy for energy in Eurasia, Richard Morningstar, to push back against the fracking bans. The State Depart­ment's lobbying effort culminated in late May 2012, when Morningstar held a series of meetings on fracking with top Bulgarian and Romanian officials. He also touted the technology in an interview on Bulgarian national radio, saying it could lead to a fivefold drop in the price of natural gas. A few weeks later, Romania's parliament voted down its proposed fracking ban and Bulgaria's eased its moratorium.

The episode sheds light on a crucial but little-known dimension of Clinton's diplomatic legacy. Under her leadership, the State Department worked closely with energy companies to spread fracking around the globe—part of a broader push to fight climate change, boost global energy supply, and undercut the power of adversaries such as Russia that use their energy resources as a cudgel. But environmental groups fear that exporting fracking, which has been linked to drinking-water contamination and earthquakes at home, could wreak havoc in countries with scant environmental regulation. And according to interviews, diplomatic cables, and other documents obtained by Mother Jones, American officials—some with deep ties to industry—also helped US firms clinch potentially lucrative shale concessions overseas, raising troubling questions about whose interests the program actually serves.


Long article well worth the read.
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I think Obama had her on a very loose leash and she responded by conducting her own foreign policy tularetom Jul 2015 #1
I think that is a very reasonable assumption. Her corporate contributors are troubling. marble falls Jul 2015 #2
Or a detailed look at contributors to the Clinton Family "non-profit" boutique charity. Divernan Jul 2015 #22
incredibly harmful on so many levels amborin Mar 2016 #23
Fracking Linked to Hospitalizations Ichingcarpenter Jul 2015 #3
You always find the good stuff! marble falls Jul 2015 #5
This probably had more to do with countering moobu2 Jul 2015 #4
And your problems with moving from petroleum to sustainable would be what? marble falls Jul 2015 #6
This is mail fom someone too timid to post his/her opinion in the sunshine: marble falls Jul 2015 #7
Nasty person... you need to block his emails Ichingcarpenter Jul 2015 #8
I read the threads and I was surprised how well recieved his/her outbursts were..... marble falls Jul 2015 #9
He's on a timeout .. so he can mail......can't alert them except for stalking. Ichingcarpenter Jul 2015 #10
The more I'm here, the more I learn. Thanks. marble falls Jul 2015 #11
But what do you think about fracking? artislife Jul 2015 #14
Its going to be an ongoing disaster for a long time even if it all stops today. Absfreakinglutely... marble falls Jul 2015 #15
We could not destroy this planet artislife Jul 2015 #16
Well the laws of physics say we can't destroy the planet but allows us to affect its form in.... marble falls Jul 2015 #17
"right wing hit pieces" from Mother Jones??? beam me up scottie Jul 2015 #18
I know. Such dumbness needs sharing. I like sharing a good laugh. marble falls Jul 2015 #19
I just got a special pm from seabeyond: beam me up scottie Jul 2015 #20
Absolutely. I've got another one....... marble falls Jul 2015 #21
Still a bridge to nowhere… Agony Jul 2015 #12
yuck nt Cheese Sandwich Jul 2015 #13
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