From Via Meadia Blog today on the costs of not fracking,
If there's a contest between California and Texas, it ain't even close when it comes to energy. California's anti-fracking policies, says the WSJ's editors, are depriving the state's poor and unemployed of high-paying jobs and social services; meanwhile Texas is riding the shale energy wave to a low unemployment rate, higher public revenues, and an economic boom. Among the benefits Texas is reaping are high-paying jobs for low-income workers and billions of dollars in revenue for social services and other public needs.
A race towards impovrishment many Illinois Progressives would gladly join California pursuit.