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China is losing the trade war with Trump

Forbes:
China is still the world’s No. 2 economy and is still the monster of emerging markets, but regardless of those bonafides, Xi Jinping’s country is losing the trade war in nearly every way imaginable.

The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada last month for breaking U.S. sanctions law, followed by the firing of Huawei sales executive Wang Weijing in Poland last week shows China can be a bad actor, exactly as Washington believes. The Poland story centers around spying allegations, where Wang allegedly sought trade secrets from the government. Huawei’s latest bad headlines show how China tech companies may have risen to prominence by copying foreign technologies in joint venture deals or through white-collar criminal actions such as intellectual property theft and corporate espionage. Huawei is one of China’s most important, private tech firms. It rivals Cisco Systems worldwide.

Thanks in part to Huawei, China is getting beat on the public relations front in the trade war.

Earl…

The 'Russian interference' scam was a pretext to criminal attempts to deny Trump the election and the Presidency

IBD:
It's now beyond any reasonable doubt that Obama administration minions launched an all-out effort to destroy, first, President Trump's presidential campaign and, when that failed, his presidency. The only question is, knowing the truth, will the Justice Department charge these people with crimes?

The whole concern over "Russian interference" with the 2016 election was little more than a smokescreen for a much wider effort to go after Donald Trump. And that's not us talking, but the New York Times.

A Times report titled "F.B.I. Opened Inquiry into Whether Trump was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia" shows that the investigation into Donald Trump for the non-crime of "collusion" with Russia's government began before the election. The inquiry aimed at stopping Trump — and not, really, at determining whether Russians interfered in our presidential election.

The actual investigation by the Justice Department and FBI began during the ele…

US Navy seeks to thwart Chinese strategy by disbursing smaller robot ships to challenge control of area China seeks to deny access to

Defense News:
The world’s largest navy has spent the last few years feeling like it was being put in check.

China and Russia have heavily invested in anti-access technologies aimed at holding its main force-projection assets — aircraft carriers — at risk. Now the U.S. Navy and the upper ranks of the military are preparing to take back control of the game board, and it’s looking to unmanned technologies to help.

The U.S. surface fleet has for the past few years sought to flip the script on actors such as China. The fleet aimed to move from a role of simply defending the carrier to going on the offensive.

The goal was to spread out over a wide area to strain Chinese intelligence and reconnaissance assets and thereby exercise a degree of sea control in places such as the South and East China seas that China seeks to deny with long-range, anti-ship missiles and an ever-growing fleet.
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Enter: the rise of the machines.

The paradigm shift is moving the fleet away from platforms like the A…

This is not the global warming Al Gore and friends promised

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Washington Post:
The polar vortex has fractured, and the eastern U.S. faces a punishing stretch of winter weather

This past weekend’s storm, which dumped 10 inches of snow in both St. Louis and Washington, may have been one of the first indicators of a shift to harsher winter conditions that could peak in February.
I know they try to cover for this by changing the name to "climate change" but all their models predicted rising temperatures.  And when it is hot they call it the "new normal."  When it is cold they revert to calling it weather which is different from climate.  The double talk never ends.  These people still can't explain which of their assumptions are invalid when their projections are not met.  No one should call it science.

One of the curious wonders of America is why Wall Street supports Democrats

Washington Post:
Maxine Waters takes the reins of a powerful House committee, making Wall Street nervous The California Democrat would have broad influence over the financial world in her role as head of the House Financial Services Committee. She could slow the deregulation efforts of the Trump administration. This cannot come as a surprise to those on Wall Street.  She bragged about taking over this committee before the election and promised to use her power against them.  It is just passing strange that Wall Street donates so much money to Democrats.  It could be part of a protection racket, but in this case, it appears that there is no protection from liberal ideologues.

Court backs Democrats use of illegal aliens in census giving them undeserved House seats

NY Times:
Court Blocks Trump Administration From Asking About Citizenship in Census Critics had accused who the Trump administration of trying to turn the census into a tool to advance Republican political fortunes. It also demonstrates the real reason why Democrats oppose real border security.  They want illegals to come to the US and they want them counted in the census in order to gain House seats and replace their shrinking political base.  This ruling is a bastardization of the founding principles behind the census.

Democrat collusion with the Deep State to launch a bogus investigation of Trump

Michael Walsh:
In trying to lob a Molotov cocktail into the Trump White House, the New York Timeslast Friday succeeded only in blowing off yet another of its appendages. Fixated on its manic desire to destabilize the lawfully elected government of the United States (at what point does the "Resistance" become active sedition?), the media has chosen to fight as down and dirty as possible, and in so doing hit a new low:

F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia

In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted …

Notice how the story changed dramatically when it was discovered that the alleged killers of a young black girl in Houston were black

Spectator:
Black lives matter, until they’re ended by black people For many of us, a senseless killing is still a senseless killing no matter what the race of the perp might be.  For much of the media and the political establishment that does not appear to be the case.

Public growing weary of Democrat push of Russian collusion hoax

IBD:
Most people think President Trump's critics are trying to use Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to delegitimize the 2016 elections, the latest IBD/TIPP Poll finds. And a plurality thinks the FBI investigation into Trump's alleged ties to Russia was meant to rein him in.

These findings come in the wake of a New York Times story Friday that claimed the FBI had opened a counterintelligence probe into Trump several months into his presidency

The probe began, the Times says, days after Trump fired then FBI Director James Comey and was meant to determine whether Trump was a Russian agent.

Trump blasted the report, and said that the question of his being a Russian agent is "the most insulting thing I've ever been asked."

The IBD/TIPP Poll found that 51% agree that "the president's opponents are using the ongoing special counsel investigation into alleged Trump-Russia collusion as a way to delegitimize the 2016 election."

That includes…

Antifa like group invading the privacy of conservative students at University of Texas

PJ Media:
More than 30 students at the University of Texas have been doxxed by a student antifa group, typically for the crime of joining conservative clubs or being spotted at lectures held by conservative speakers.

The doxxers — calling themselves Austin Autonomous Media (AAM) — are a small collective of UT students. Since fall 2018, AAM members have snuck into conservative club meetings, taken photos of attendees, and posted students’ names and emails online.

The AAM also typically posts students’ phone numbers and employers. For example, one young woman was doxxed for the crime of attending a pro-Kavanaugh rally. "Call [employer redacted] to get her fired: (512) XXX-XXX" the post said.

Saurabh Sharma, 21, is the president of the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT). Many of Sharma’s cabinet members have been doxxed, and he says the fallout has been immense. (PJ Media is not linking to the doxxing posts to protect students’ privacy).
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Democrats bitterly cling to their own bigots

Washington Examiner:
RNC calls on Pelosi to follow GOP's Steve King rebuke with 'action' against Democrats with Louis Farrakhan ties Farrakhan should be an embarrassment to Democrats.  That he isn't suggests how inconsistent they are when talking about bigotry.  It is a striking double standard.

The Democrat politicians and their floating definition of 'racist'

Erick Erickson:
Democrats across America are currently declaring racist the very policies they supported under Barack Obama. It was not racist or immoral when he decided to add border barriers. It was not racist or immoral when George W. Bush did. It was not racist or immoral when Bill Clinton did. But Democrats are so invested in believing the worst about President Trump that they are willing to reject the very policies they supported only a few years ago.

A secure border with barriers to keep non-citizens from crossing into American territory without permission is not an issue of morality or racism. It is an issue of national integrity. The party that is fine with illegal aliens casting votes is not a party committed to national integrity and sovereignty.
... Too many Democrats use epithets and insults instead of logic to argue their political differences.  That is why they use bogus claims of racist or compare people they disagree with to Hitler.   They really should try to make th…

Rich Democrats hide behind their own walls

Brandon Morris:
WATCH: New Series “Walls Across America” Shows Us Democrat’s Walls Around Their Homes Starting With George Soros It appears that only walls that protect the rest of Americans are considered immoral by rich Democrats.

New pipeline from Permian Basin to Port of Corpus Christi to start deliveries of crude this fall

Fuel Fix:
San Antonio pipeline company Epic Midstream Holdings remains on schedule to begin moving crude oil from West Texas' Permian Basin to the Port of Corpus Christi by this fall.

As part of a plan originally announced in October, the company plans to temporarily use its natural gas liquids pipeline to temporarily ship crude oil starting in the third quarter.

Epic said Monday that those plans remain on schedule and that it has secured all of the mainline right of way needed to build a separate crude oil pipeline along the route of natural gas liquids pipeline.

With steel for the Epic Crude Oil Pipeline being sourced by U.S. mills, delivery of the 30-inch pipeline to build the 700-mile project is expected to take place later this month.

The Epic Crude Oil Pipeline runs from Orla, Pecos, Saragosa, Crane, Wink and Midland in the Permian Basin to Gardendale and Helena in the Eagle Ford Shale to the Port of Corpus Christi.

Construction of the crude oil pipeline is expected to begin…

Camouflaging 'green' energy?

Telegraph:
New wind turbines earmarked to be built off the Kent coast should be painted green to "blend in" with the landscape, councillors have said.

Kent County Council members warned plans by Swedish energy firm Vattenfall to expand Thanet Wind Farm with an additional 34 turbines by 2021 threatened to harm tourism in the area.

The current structures, thought to be around 100 white turbines standing at 115m tall, have been branded a "monstrosity".

Councillors claimed the coastal district is being "degraded" by the structures as they urged Vattenfall to paint any new turbines dark brown or dark green, suggesting it could be added as a condition in future planning applications.

Cllr Sean Holden said: "It would be nice if the wind towers could be painted any colour but white to help the environment and, quite frankly, tourism.

"I would like to see them a different colour. Painting them would mean they would not stick out so unnaturally. The quali…

Where are the missing court records discussing Mueller's lead prosecutors conduct?

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Margot Cleveland:

Missing: Key Documents About Alleged Misconduct By Robert Mueller’s Lead Prosecutor

Late Friday, a federal judge’s office confirmed that several documents that would shed light on the special counsel’s lead prosecutor’s alleged misconduct are missing from the court record.

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In a joint motion to dismiss the criminal charges filed against them, four individuals connected to the Enron collapse alleged that Weissmann had improperly threatened witnesses to keep them from speaking with defense lawyers. In support of their motion, the defendants included an email Weissmann had sent to the lawyer of a “critical witness.” What exactly Weissmann said, though, is unclear, as the brief redacted the details.

Even if cause originally existed to keep the content of this email secret, with the underlying criminal cases now complete, there is no longer a basis to hide the details from the public. Thus, my motion to unredact the public record asked Judge Lake, who had presided over t…

The Democrat border security policy will only worsen the border crisis

NY Times:
As Government Pulls Back, Charities Step In to Help Released Migrants With detention facilities overwhelmed, federal officials are releasing more migrant families with no provision for their well-being, leaving charities scrambling to fill the void. The Democrat plan of detection and apprehension instead of deterrence will only make this situation worse.  It will mean the US will be catching and then releasing more migrants and doing nothing to stop the flow of illegal immigration.  Nothing.   Without deterrence, there is an invitation for more caravans of uneducated people interspersed with criminals using them as cover for sneaking into the country to prey upon US citizens. 

Instead of releasing these people into the hands of charities, they should be released on the doorsteps of open borders Democrats.  Let them be overwhelmed by the hordes they are inviting into the country.

The FBI's unconstitutional retaliatory investigation of Trump after Comey's firing

Mollie Hemingway:
In a Friday night news dump, the New York Times revealed the FBI’s surprisingly flimsy justification for launching a retaliatory investigation into President Donald Trump, their chief adversary during their recent troubled era.

Admitting there is no actual evidence for their probe into whether Trump “worked for the Russians,” FBI officials instead cited their foreign policy differences with him, his lawful firing of bungling FBI Director James Comey, and alarm that he accurately revealed to the American public that he was told he wasn’t under investigation by the FBI, when they preferred to hide that fact.

The news was treated as a bombshell, and it was, but not for the reasons many thought. It wasn’t news that the FBI had launched the investigation. Just last month, CNN reported that top FBI officials opened an investigation into Trump after the lawful firing of Comey because Trump “needed to be reined in,” a shocking admission of abuse of power by our nation’s top la…

The gas lines in Mexico city

Silvio Cantu, Jr.:
Who is stealing all that gasoline in Mexico? Probably it is the cartels.  What they are doing with it is not clear.  They are probably using some of it to pay for the transportation of their illicit drugs to market and perhaps for some of the production cost.  There is also the danger of them using the trucks used to haul the stolen gas for terrorist attacks in their criminal insurgency.

Mexico certainly produces enough energy for its domestic consumption.  But it seems to be having a hard time securing its pipelines against theft.  It should probably invest in some drones to have constant vigilance over the pipelines where the thefts are occurring.

The Democrat Politicians are not concerned about the American people

Jim Daws:
No sooner had the Democrats taken back the majority in the House of Representatives than they proved their harshest critics correct – the party no longer concerns itself with the interests of the American people. And by refusing to provide a dime for a physical barrier on our border, they did it in the starkest terms possible.

Led by far-left Nancy Pelosi, who held off a challenge to her leadership from the even farther left, the House Democrats promptly put themselves in the position of being seen taking the side of foreigners entering the country illegally over the security and economic prosperity of American citizens. They reduced themselves to the absurd position that "walls don't work."

I'm not one who necessarily believes that President Trump is a master negotiator or is playing 3D chess. But whether by design or because of pressure from his restive base, he now has the winning hand to build his wall and go on to re-election in 2020.

What's imp…

Why the media keeps getting Trump and his supporters wrong

Eileen J. O'Connor:
In the September 2016 issue of the Atlantic, Salena Zito diagnosed the chasm between opinions about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump. She wrote that “the press takes him literally, but not seriously; his supporters take him seriously, but not literally.” That continues to be the case in 2019.

Mexico paying for the border wall is a prime example. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other detractors speak as though President Trump had said Mexico was going to write us a check. He didn’t.

It reminds me of journalists’ and Democrats’ frustration when President Ronald Reagan responded to, “What is your strategy for the Cold War?,” with, “We win, they lose.”

Some have speculated that the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement would change the balance of payments enough in favor of the U.S. to cover the cost of the wall. That’s possible.

As I’ve noted in other writings, including a leng…

The Deep State was worse than previously argued

Mark Penn:
I guess no one in the FBI ever watched “The Apprentice.” It was only the number-one rated show in the country. In it, Donald Trump, more than any other person in the world, made famous weekly the phrase “you’re fired.”

Consequently when Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey, exercising the authority he believed he had as president of the United States, he was taking the very action he made famous. It wasn’t out of character for him but in character, as he has been throughout his administration. If anything, it’s hard to find anyone who has not been fired or threatened with firing. It’s what he does.

Now, let’s review some of the actions of the FBI director. Many of these actions were clear at the time; others we know only now. What we have learned since underscores that the president’s firing of Comey was more than justified, and the actions of Comey’s staff and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to trigger the most extensive investigation in history of a camp…

The Democrat politicians' irrational counter proposal to a real border barrier

Byron York:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California says a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border would be "immoral." Instead, she favors something she calls a "technological wall." Another top House Democrat, Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, calls it a "smart wall."

Instead of building an actual physical barrier of steel, concrete, or some other material, Pelosi, Clyburn, and other Democrats advocate employing an array of high-tech devices — drones, infrared sensors, surveillance cameras, and more — to keep track of activity at the border without physical impediments to discourage illegal crossings.

"We cannot protect the border with concrete," Clyburn said recently. "We can protect the border using the technology that is available to us to wall off intrusions."

The problem is, a smart wall would not actually wall off intrusions. Indeed, the main feature of a smart wall — in past debates, it was often referred to as a virtual fence — is t…

Trump signals economic warfare with Turkey if the Turks attack the Syrian Kurds

BBC:
US President Donald Trump has threatened to "devastate Turkey economically" if it attacks Kurdish forces in Syria following a planned pullout of US troops.

In two tweets on Sunday, Mr Trump said that he did not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey either.

US forces have fought alongside a Kurdish militia in northern Syria against the Islamic State (IS) group.

Turkey, however, regards the People's Protection Units (YPG) as terrorists.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken angrily about American support for the group and vowed to crush it. Turkey's foreign minister has said the country "will not be deterred by any threat".
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The US imposed sanctions and trade tariffs on Turkey in August, amid a row over a detained US pastor - contributing to a sharp drop in the value of the Turkish lira. Pastor Andrew Brunson was released in October.

Mr Trump also mentioned the creation of a "20-mile (32km) safe zone", which the BBC's Barbara Plett Usher says hi…

Ted Cruz points out the absurdity of the Democrat politicians' position on the border barrier and the shutdown

Politico:
Sen. Ted Cruz said Democrats are holding federal workers hostage by not ending the shutdown and refusing to vote on issues that they’ve moved on in the past.

“Here’s the ridiculous thing about the position of Senate Democrats,” the Texas Republican told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning. “This is not substantive. They voted for it before. [Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer and every single Democrat in the Senate in 2013 and voted for 350 miles of additional border fencing and border security. They have now shut the government down over 234 miles.

“So I think an awful lot of people are asking, ‘Well, if you voted for 350 miles, why would you force a shutdown on 234?’” Cruz said. “That is not reasonable and the president remains willing to come together and compromise, but so far the Democrats don’t want to do that.”

When asked why the government can’t be reopened and the Homeland Security debate put aside, Cruz said Democrats are playing politics and holding…

FBI had no evidence of Russian collusion but was lashing out over Comey's firing

Washington Examiner:
Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the New York Times' bombshell report on a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump's ties to Russia only strengthens the argument that the FBI has no evidence of collusion against the Trump team.

"This is yet more evidence that FBI leaders actually had no real evidence against the Trump team," Nunes said in a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner's Byron York. "Instead, they were simply trying to undermine a president they didn't like and avenge Comey's firing. By relying on the Steele dossier — a fraudulent document funded by Democrats and based on Russia sources — FBI leaders were either complicit or too oblivious to notice they were being used in a disinformation operation by the Democratic Party and Russian operatives."

On Friday, the New York Times reported the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation into Trump th…

President gets slightly higher approval numbers than Democrats over shutdown as majority don't like it

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CBS News:
In a new CBS News/YouGov poll, President Donald Trump, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans all draw lackluster marks for their handling of the government shutdown, with Americans expressing net disapproval for all three. Only about one-third approve (35 percent) of the president's handling of the shutdown, and a majority disapprove. Only about a third (33 percent) approve of the Democrats, while relatively more people are unsure.


                                                                      Partisan splits are locked in: More than eight in ten Republicans approve of the president's handling of the shutdown, while seven in ten Democrats approve of congressional Democrats' handling.

Among all Americans, the president does draw relatively more of the blame for the shutdown in the first place: 47 percent blame the president and 30 percent blame the Democrats. Twenty percent blame the two, along with congressional Republicans, all equally. In…

The Democrats make more bad faith attacks on the President without evidence

NY Times:
Trump Confronts the Prospect of a ‘Nonstop Political War’ for Survival Questions about whether the president is a Russian agent made clear that the government shutdown may be just the initial skirmish in an all-out battle between him and Congress. The FBI and the Mueller investigation have found no evidence that the President is a Russian agent.  In fact, the allegation is ludicrous.  It has become the excuse the Democrats have used to try to come up with a reason to reverse an election they lost.

Meanwhile, Trump is implementing the campaign promises he made and in doing so he is making the US stronger.  The economy is growing and people are being lifted out poverty and dependence.

It is easier to make the case that Obama was a Russian agent with his energy policies that helped the Russians and hurt US consumers and businesses.  Obama throttled economy with over-regulation and inefficient energy policies.  And, do not forget his selling of uranium assets in a corrupt bargain…

The FBI investigation was always about Trump, but the FBI lied about it

Andrew McCarthy:
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We have to remember: The FBI believed the Steele dossier – the collection of faux intelligence reports compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, who was ultimately working for the Hillary Clinton campaign. The Justice Department on four occasions brought surveillance applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), in which the FBI swore that it believed the dossier allegations.

Ostensibly, the surveillance application targeted Carter Page. But Page was just a side issue. The dossier was principally about Trump – not Page, not Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, or other Trump associates referred to by Steele. The dossier’s main allegation was that Trump was in an espionage conspiracy with Russia to swing the election to Trump, after which Trump would do Putin’s bidding from the White House. The FBI and the Obama Justice Department could not verify the dossier, but they undeniably believed it.

If you believe the dossier, then of course Trump …

Democrat politicians are being dishonest about the border and Trump's policies

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Fox News:
Dr. James Mitchell, a U.S. Air Force veteran and former CIA interrogator, blasted Democrats for likening the partial government shutdown to a hostage situation.

A multitude of top Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), have recently said President Trump has taken Americans "hostage" by not opening up the government.Donald J. Trump ✔@realDonaldTrump Humanitarian Crisis at our Southern Border. I just got back and it is a far worse situation than almost anyone would understand, an invasion! I have been there numerous times - The Democrats, Cryin’ Chuck and Nancy don’t know how bad and dangerous it is for our ENTIRE COUNTRY.... 123K 10:04 AM - Jan 11, 2019 Twitter Ads info and privacy 70.4K people are talking about this

Media is still using economists who have been consistently wrong about the Trump policies

Jack Hellner:
On Thursday, there was a screaming headline on Drudge saying, "Doomsday." The article was from NBC News, and the source of the doomsday report was the ever reliable Mark Zandi of Moody's.

The purpose of the report was not to be objective news, because anyone with a brain knows that the shutdown will end soon. The purpose was to scare the public, tamp down economic growth, and destroy Trump.
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Zandi was always one of the "independent" economists who supported Obama. As Zandi was rooting actively against Trump and rooting for and donating to Hillary, CNN used Moody's as the source to attack Trump and his policies.

Zandi predicted that 3.5 million jobs would be lost and unemployment would go up 7% when Trump took office. He was 100% wrong. During Trump's first two years, there are around 4.8 million new jobs, and the current unemployment rate is 3.9%

Zandi said the policies would help only the super-rich and the rest of us would be worse o…

Upstate New York impoverished by foolish energy policies of Governor

Norman Rogers:
New York State's population is shrinking. In the year ending on July 1, 2018, New York lost more than 48,000 people. People leave New York State to avoid high taxes. In the case of upstate New York, they leave to escape perpetual recession. In upstate Rochester, New York, the home of the bankrupt Kodak, the median house price is $75,000, and 33% of the population is poor.

Ironically, New York is sitting on vast potential mineral wealth in the form of the Marcellus and Utica shale formations. These formations yield vast quantities of oil and gas when properly exploited using hydraulic fracturing (fracking). But fracking is not allowed in New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo has proudly forbidden fracking, presumably in order to gain favor from the crackpot green segment of the Democratic Party. As a consequence, residents of New York living near the border with Pennsylvania often commute to jobs in the Keystone state.

Exploiting shale hydrocarbons involves drilling …