PA Dem Consultant Lectures Party to Avoid Marcellus Moratorium

Every now and again the truth pokes through–even in publications like the Philadelphia Inquirer. We read with interest an op-ed in today’s Philly Inquirer that tells the truth about how the Marcellus Shale is responsible for creating 290,000 jobs in Pennsylvania over the past few years–a state with an unemployment rate stuck above 7%. Some 28,000 of those jobs are “core” industry jobs that pay on average $83,000 per year or more. The op-ed says the Marcellus has given Pennsylvania families a reason to be optimistic about their financial future.

The fascinating thing to MDN is that the op-ed is written by Democrat consultant Mike Butler, current executive director of the Consumer Energy Alliance (Mid-Atlantic section). Mike is a former political consultant for Democrat Bob Casey for U.S. Senate (who sadly won), Dan Onorato for PA governor (who happily lost to Tom Corbett), and on the staff of former Democrat Congressman Jason Altmire. Huh. A Democrat singing the praises of the Marcellus shale, and at the close of his comments he warns the leaders of his party that the statewide moratorium they say they will enact if they regain political power in the state should be “avoided.” We’d use stronger words, but we’re happy to see at least one Democrat in the entire state hasn’t lost all of his marbles…

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