The Democrats oppose an Energy Boom as it could Reduce their Political Power in the Big Cities

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 1st, 2012

Week in Review

President Obama’s energy policy has only hindered oil production and raised gasoline prices.  Exploration and production are soaring.  But only on private land.  Any land that requires a federal permit is not booming with activity.

Despite the high gasoline prices and the poor economy President Obama won reelection.  In large part thanks to those states with the big metropolitan cities.  Those cities that border the heartland.  Or flyover country as those on the left call it.  Those cities that concentrate wealth.  Have massive public sectors.  And large social safety nets.  Funded by that concentrated wealth.  So people in the big cities approve of an expanding welfare state.  And have the population to turn out on election night to keep that welfare state expanding.  For awhile, at least (see Oil, gas boom lifts personal income in USA by Dennis Cauchon posted 11/27/2012 on USA Today)

The nation’s oil and gas boom is driving up income so fast in a few hundred small towns and rural areas that it’s shifting prosperity to the nation’s heartland, a USA TODAY analysis of government data shows…

Small-town prosperity is most noticeable in North Dakota, now the nation’s No. 2 oil-producing state. Six of the top 10 counties are above the state’s Bakken oil field.

Could this be the reason why the president’s energy policies hinder exploration and production?  To keep people and wealth out of the heartland?  Where they tend to vote conservative?  Perhaps.  For the last thing the Democrats want is for people to leave the big cities for good jobs in the private sector.  Where they live well thanks to jobs in the energy industry that the president’s base wants to regulate out of business.  So, no, an energy boom in the heartland would not benefit the Democrats.  It would shift the demographics away from their strongholds.  And into flyover country.  Favoring conservatives.

Just something to think about the next time you’re expressing dissatisfaction over the high price of gasoline.  That it would benefit the Democrats not to have good, high-paying jobs that could reduce the price of gasoline.  And their political power in the big cities that help them carry elections.

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