The hydraulic fracturing issue got the most attention at this weekend’s state Democratic convention with protestors haranguing Governor Jerry Brown during his address. The issue presents pitfalls for Democrats when you consider the number one issue for voters is jobs and the economy, and at the same time many Democrats want to spend more on public services.
Californians demand for energy far exceeds the alternative plans offered in the Democratic agenda such as trying to get people to live closer to work. Limiting production of natural resources will just force an increase in importation of oil and gas while jobs are lost in California.
In addition, a great threat to the Democratic agenda comes in a couple of other areas when considering the debate over fracking – spending and voter approvals.