There has been much coverage of the epic fail that was the backdoor attempt of zany environmentalists to get two anti-fracking measure on the November ballot in Colorado. The fractivists turned in a bunch of half-empty boxes – while cheering and crying.
The New York Times ran a glowing piece positioning Colorado as on the cusp of ending fracking forever. The New York Times must have been bursting with glee to be able to report the following about the proposed ballot initiatives:
“If either measure passes, it would represent the most serious political effort yet in the United States to stop hydraulic fracturing…. That could effectively prohibit new exploration and production in as much as 95 percent of surface areas of the state’s five top petroleum-and-gas-producing counties, according to Colorado regulators.”
Such words of acclaim in the paper of record. Unfortunately for the frack banners and the New York Times (but we repeat ourselves), the other shoe fell.
CBS’ Shaun Boyd was the first to comprehensively expose the great fracking fraud of 2016 for what it is. From her piece that exposed the fractivists:
“Each petition needs about 98,000 valid signatures to get on. Documents obtained by CBS4 show they have only 105,000 signatures. And with an average rejection rate of about 30 percent, that would mean there are not enough valid signatures to get on the ballot.
“‘If there’s enough of a pressure to get something approved at the ballot box, you can get the signatures. I don’t think Coloradans want land use regulations cemented into their state constitution,’ Haley said.”
Empty boxes. Empty science. Empty noise from the green gang that can’t shoot straight. Conventional wisdom is that the anti-fracking measures will get no where close to qualifying for the ballot. Based on how quickly the Secretary of State is processing signature’s on the other initiatives, it should be any day now that the public learns just how badly the anti-fracking folks fail.
As we have queried political professionals in Colorado, a number have said initiatives 75 and 78 will likely fall 15,000-20,000 short of the valid number needed to qualify for the ballot.
Soon we will know.