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One Paper Concerned About Increased Crime ... on Oil Fields

Sep. 29, 2014

The fracking boom has done more than simply increase the supply of natural gas. It has largely benefited the U.S. economy, meaning more take home pay for workers in the energy sector. Case in point: North Dakota is now the nation’s number one state for income gains. “From 2008 to 2012, North Dakotans’ per-capita income jumped 31 percent to $57,367, the highest of any state and just behind Washington, D.C., according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis,” reports The Daily Signal. (As an aside, it’s interesting that DC tops the overall list.) Most people would find these findings encouraging, but The Washington Post is intent on demonizing the oil boom. “The arrival of highly paid oil workers living in sprawling ‘man camps’ with limited spending opportunities has led to a crime wave – including murders, aggravated assaults, rapes, human trafficking and robberies – fueled by a huge market for illegal drugs, primarily heroin and methamphetamine,” the Post writes. If only the Leftmedia would give so much attention to the crime epidemic plaguing America’s poverty plantations.

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