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*NOTE: A slightly different version of this analysis recently appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. Last month, New York’s Department of Health ended years of indecision when its Commissioner announced that the state would continue its ban on hydraulic fracturing. New York based its...

Radical anti-fracking activists have long been attacking California Governor Jerry Brown (D) for refusing to ban hydraulic fracturing. They tweet at him constantly, and they heckle him at political events — most famously at the State Democratic Convention, when they interrupted his speech numerous times with shouts of “climate leaders don’t frack!” Oil...