We've been hearing a lot over the last couple of years about how fracking and horizontal drilling are a game-changer for some regional economies, including West Virginia. Much of the evidence supporting that claim has been anecdotal.
However, it now appears the economic impact is, and will continue to be, even greater than first believed.
"Anyone who doubts the reality of this is not paying attention," said John Larson, vice president of IHS and one of the leaders of the study.
Of course, none of this will come as good news to the anti-carbon crowd, which wants to stake the country's energy future on the questionable and negligible impact of alternative fuels, such as wind and solar.
And feel-good affiliates in Washington will continue to prop up those industries with luxurious subsidies.
In the meantime, however, the rest of country will be getting on with the business of using new technologies to capture these viable and plentiful energy sources that make America work.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.