When Obama is directly challenged on a national stage over his anti-fracking and drilling policies, he gets defensive and denies that he is clamping down on oil and natural gas exploration. He often touts the recent increase in the use of fracking as a way of deflecting attention from his war on fossil fuels.
As we all know, most of the drilling has occurred on state and privately owned land. In fact, there has been less drilling on federal lands. Do you want to know why? Take a look at this chart from the Institute for Energy Research detailing the number of days it takes to obtain a permit for drilling on federal lands vs. state lands:
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