The 2014 US Midterm Elections significantly altered the balance of power in the US Congress. As a result, energy policy from now on ranks high on the upcoming Republican majority’s legislative agenda. Indeed, Republican leadership is wasting no time with both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate prepared to take up and vote on the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline in a matter of days, according to a report by Reuters.
This, however, has not been the only energy-related result from Election Night 2014.Voters in some communities in California, Ohio, and perhaps most surprisingly in Texas, chose to enact bans on fracking. Clearly, Texas has to be considered the standout here because it leads the nation in growth in oil and natural gas production jobs – this measure includes “extraction, drilling, and support jobs categories [while excluding] the many jobs at oil and natural gas corporate headquarters based in Texas” – as EIA data for the period 2003 through 2013 show.
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