Leading left-wing advocacy group MoveOn.org has announced a new effort to oppose innovations that are propelling the country towards a new abundance of domestically produced energy.
MoveOn bemoaned in an email to supporters the "troubling trend" of increased energy production, which is reducing the U.S. trade deficit, creating well-paying jobs, stabilizing global energy prices, and undermining the economic engine behind some of the world's most repressive regimes.
MoveOn announced the creation of a new effort called "#FrackingFighter," which "seeks to slow down the fracking boom that is anticipated to occur across the United States in 2014 and beyond."
The increased use of hydraulic fracturing, an innovative oil and gas technique, has sent U.S. energy production skyrocketing, MoveOn said. It vowed to slow or reverse that trend.
Many environmentalist groups say they want government to adequately regulate the practice. MoveOn took a more radical approach, pushing activists to work "to ban fracking in their local communities."
The effort was unveiled the same day that the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released data showing that increased U.S. production is keeping global oil prices stable, reducing the U.S. trade deficit, and eating away at the global market share of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting States (OPEC).