There’s hardly a crime Barack Obama is committing which was not initiated, if on a smaller scale, by Dick Cheney. One key example, of many, is fracking.
The main promoters of fracking shale gas and oil, and the “natural gas revolution” as EIR has stressed, are the Anglo-Dutch Empire, led by BP and Royal Dutch Shell. Cheney’s company, Halliburton, played an important role as well, through deploying new techniques for the process, and exploiting the protection from regulation, which was arranged by Cheney et al. in the Bush Administration.
After his stint at Halliburton, of course, Cheney moved on to run the White House. One of his first projects was heading the Energy Task Force (January to June, 2001) to devise a national energy strategy—a task force which involved various cabinet departments meeting with top energy cartel members including Enron, ExxonMobil, Conoco, and BP and Royal Dutch Shell!
In addition to mapping out the areas of Iraqi oil of interest to Anglo-American interests, the task force identified fracking as “one of the fastest growing sources of oil production.” It also declared that we should reconsider any regulatory restrictions that do not take technological advances into account.
The next step came with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which amended the Safe Drinking Water Act to exclude fracking from special EPA oversight and specified that the chemicals used in the process were not to be labeled as pollutants under the Clean Water Act! Not surprisingly, this was called the “Halliburton loophole,” because of the heavy role played by Halliburton in ensuring that Congress exempted this technology from (rational) environmental oversight.
When Obama came in in 2009, beholden to the same British financial interests, he simply continued the job.