Obama to Republicans: Let's get fracking

In remarks Wednesday, following an election-day wave of Republican victory that swept the G.O.P. into power in the House of Representatives, President Barack Obama offered an olive branch to the new legislators: Support for gas drilling.

The New York Times reports (via Greenwire, an environmental news service the Times syndicates):

Obama's remarks seemed to refer to vast new sources of shale gas in Pennsylvania, Texas and their neighboring states. Improvements in "hydraulic fracturing" technology have allowed production from formations under those states previously thought to be too expensive to exploit (E&ENews PM, Nov. 3).

"We've got, I think, broad agreement that we've got terrific natural gas resources in this country," Obama said when he was pressed for issues on which he could compromise with Republican leaders. "Are we doing everything we can to develop those?"