Ben Carson Addresses Eagle Ford Crowd

Candidate Supports Fracking and Lifting Export ban
2016 election

Presidential Candidates and Energy Policy

Presidential candidate weighs in on energy issues crucial to the Eagle Ford.

Related: Oil Export Ban May Hurt Economy

Dr. Ben Carson made an appearance to a crowd of over 2,000 last weekend for a little campaigning and to sign copies of his new book, “A More Perfect Union”. During the visit, Carson told the San Antonio Business Journal that he supports lifting the federal crude oil export ban and the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.

“We need to use the EPA to work with business, industry and academia to find the cleanest, most environmentally friendly way to utilize our tremendous energy resources,” Carson said.

Texas energy legend T. Boone Pickens recently expressed support for Carson, saying he “likes Mr. Pickens’ creative, positive and innovative thinking, on energy, and other American issues.” Pickens has made it a personal agenda to ‘educate’ presidential hopefuls on key energy issues.

Carson communications director Doug Watts has said that “Dr. Carson believes in unleashing the energy potential that resides within this country. As such, we are in favor of an energy policy that, among other things, promotes fracking and repeals the oil export ban.”

As the presidential race heats up, energy issues will certainly set the candidates apart. In a recent UT study, nearly half of respondents (48 percent) are familiar with hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, compared with 44 percent a year ago. Among those familiar, 43 percent support fracking and 41 oppose it; a year ago, 44 percent supported the practice and 41 percent opposed it.

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Elizabeth Alford

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Elizabeth Alford writes on significant news developments in the Eagle Ford oil and gas play taking place across South TX. She is a freelance writer with an extensive communications, PR, and staff writing background.
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