What's got everyone so heated?
It seems a lot of people are concerned, confused, and even outraged over a recent Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama regarding the development of unconventional natural gas formations here in the United States.
The executive order, issued on April 13, calls for greater coordination in federal oversight of "fracking" - a revolutionary, yet-still-nascent process of extracting natural gas from rock bed.
Concerns stretched from sector performance questions all the way to the highly alarming and somewhat foolish argument that such an order precipitates a "government takeover of the natural gas industry."
Now, I'm overly cautious when the government announces any role in business. But when you take a close look, this announcement is actually rather benign.
And yes, I know it's easy to get caught up in the immediacy or negative impacts of a single act. But in the age of 24-hour media, we usually only hear a fraction of the real story.
The truth is there's a lot to like here.
That's why I'd like to take a few minutes today to explore the ongoing developments in this story, set a few eager minds at ease, and explain a few benefits - yes, benefits - of this Presidential directive.