Company’s entrance into fracking debate upsets Republicans

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Charles Ashby’s report (“Company’s entrance into fracking debate upsets Republicans”) exposes the hypocrisy of three local Republican politicos:  Steve King, Ray Scott, and Jared Wright.

Unfortunately, without access to the complete text of their cited letter, it is difficult to determine whether these hucksters for the oil and gas industry base their objections on documented facts rather than self-serving generalizations, and/or whether they are now “upset” because Patagonia’s factual assertions are provably inaccurate, or because that reputable company does not buy the propaganda these shills have spouted for years.

Patagonia’s purported “sin” was supporting campaigns for more local control of fracking operations within defined boundaries.  But, nothing could be more “republican” than local regulation of activities potentially threatening public health, safety, and/or welfare.
While the only actual “damage” would be marginally decreased production and higher costs of complying with local requirements, our Republican legislators would cynically subordinate public health, safety, and welfare to the economic interests of the industry.

Presumably, the letter-writers offer no substantiation for their claim that Patagonia’s statements “are not based on any facts about the real world of fracing (sic)” – without mentioning that any such dearth of “facts” is deliberately perpetuated by the industry.  Until Congress repeals the “Halliburton Exceptions” to the Safe Drinking Water and Clean Water Acts, both the EPA and state regulators are prohibited from regulating fracking wells as “underground injection wells” as Congress originally intended, and from regulating potentially toxic “fracking fluids” as the “pollutants” they are.

It is also hypocritical for these Republicans to suggest that a for-profit company operating in a free enterprise economy is incapable of accurately assessing its economic interests.  Instead, they bear the burden of proving that localized fracking bans “would lead to job losses and a depressed economy of the Western Slope” justifying the uncertain risks.

I just checked out some of the clothing on Patagonia’s site. They offer materials such as Polyester (a petroleum product) and Down, (feathers plucked from fowl). I’m also sure they use their share of electricity in their manufacturing process and gas/oil in their personal and corporate vehicles. I will boycott this company if for no other reason than their energy hypocrisy.



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