Fracking-fluid consumption verus 
giving up produce made with gas

Of the other local Daily Sentinel columnists, I like reading Jim Spehar’s stuff the best. Ole’ Jim is a crafty cuss.

Bill Grant’s San Francisco-style liberalism tends to sound like, well, San Francisco liberalism. Spehar packages that same brand of San Francisco liberalism (watered down ever so slightly) a little more artfully, usually in the folksy clothes of West Slope charm that does seem, incidentally, to be very authentically in his DNA.

In deeming Spehar my favorite I mean no offense to Rick Wagner, whose witty prose makes me smile and nod my head in agreement. I just prefer an argument with a quick-witted cat who sees the world a little differently. Spehar’s writing is a credit to the Sentinel, even on days when his arguments are loaded to the brim with, ummm, bull.

Which is a perfect segue to Spehar’s column this week. For those who missed it, Spehar pie-faced our county commissioners for passing a resolution that said something-to-this-effect: Hey Uncle Sam, Mesa County isn’t interested in more gun laws. The Daily Sentinel called it “grandstanding,” and Spehar agreed.

He really loved busting the chops of the two county commissioners who just left office, Janet Rowland and Craig Meis. I was sort of wondering who would bear his brunt once term limits sent those two to pasture.

Fear not! Spehar has filled that void in the personage of Janet and Craig 2.0. That would be Rose Pugliese and John Justman.

And so Pugliese, Justman and Steve Aquafresca, the third of Mesa County’s commssioners, got the full Rowland-Meis treatment for saying the county would refuse to enforce any federal gun laws it deemed unconstitutional.

But every story has two sides, and one man’s grandstand is another man’s principled stand. Just ask environmentalists who are busy pushing local governments to pass regulations that ban drilling in various communities across our state.

State law couldn’t possibly be more clear on this point. The state regulates oil and gas, and the locals have zero legal authority to ban drilling. Has this stopped well-funded national environmentalists from grandstanding by pursuing patently illegal drilling bans wherever the green spirit moves? No!

That’s because liberals love local control, except for when they hate it. Not long ago, in the same newspaper editions, prominent Colorado Democrats were arguing for expanded local control as it pertains to banning oil and gas, while demanding that local control be quashed when locals want to ban marijuana shops.

Speaking of oil and gas, my favorite Sentinel columnist went on this week to equate our county commissioners’ “shameless” support for gun rights with Gov. John Hickenlooper’s “quirky” comments before a Senate committee last week, where the governor conveyed his confidence in safe energy production by saying he once chugged fracking fluid.

Not so, said Spehar. The governor actually swallowed a “green-stim” version of fracking fluid, which may or may not be the same composite used be energy companies, day in and day out.

The state’s liberal blogs have been pounding the same message this week. You can feel the urgency in their attacks. This Hickenlooper feller is really messing up their vast conspiracy to eviscerate public support for fracking.

Unsatisfied, Spehar challenged Hickenlooper to join yours truly and Kathy Hall in drinking the less-green version of fracking fluid, which uses 99 percent water and sand, and 1 percent diluted chemicals found in radioactive products like laundry detergent and make-up.

That’s what I like about Spehar: He knows how to throw the gauntlet. And who am I to say no to such a magnanimous proposition?

I will happily drink the composite equivalent to water, sand and make-up as soon as Spehar gives up his iPhone, iPad, patio screen, roofing, Asprin, deodorant, luggage, garbage bags, shaving cream, shower curtains and the thousands of other products that he uses every day that have fracked gas as a key ingredient.

It’s too cold to have him shut off his home heat, and asking him to ride a bike would be cruel.

Spehar is hearty guy — a man’s man and my favorite local columnist — and this feels like a fair deal between friends.

Josh Penry consults for a range of business and trade groups, including oil and gas.  He was raised across the street from Jim Spehar.


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Come on Josh,  does it always have to be political wrangling. As one who donated to your campaign and even voted for you in the hopes that we might finally have an intelligent candidate who will do the right thing regardless of party it just ain’t so in good ol Mesa County.  While people can look the other way for Meis’s arrogance and even elect Jared Wright I am really glad that there are the Jim Spehar’s out there who will call it like it is…..Grandstanding!

There are probably 50 items that could have been the first order of business for newly elected commissioners yet fluffing up their feathers over federal control on an emotional issue took precedence?  At least have some intelligent conversation about options while still protecting the 2nd amendment!

And for the issue of fracking while I would prefer our community to be like it used to be as an agricultural base we have become dependent on the energy industry for our identity though our spirit has been broken time and time again.

How about I get Jim and you and we’ll head out to I-70?  I know the owner of a trucking company.  You can pick the truck, we will flag ‘em down .  You can bring Kathy and Hick along and we’ll pour a glass for each of you?  Jim and I will even go bottoms up albeit with a bud light we will have and you can have one to wash away the after taste. Cheers!

You would think that with Josh’s experience in politics, he would know how to conduct a petition, yet conducting in “opinion”, he wants you to think his opinion carries weight - because of politics. Did you help embarrass a client, Josh?
From the Coloradan:
“The Colorado Oil and Gas Association says it wants to withdraw an error-filled petition it submitted to the Fort Collins City Council opposing a ban on fracking within the city.
Twenty-two of 55 businesses on the petition said last week that they were inaccurately represented as part of a coalition of Northern Colorado businesses fighting the fracking ban. COGA included them in the coalition based on signatures on its petition.
Many of the petition signers were unaware they were representing their business; they later asked to be removed from the coalition. In other cases, COGA was unable to identify some of the signers and verify that some of the businesses it listed as part of the coalition had signed the petition.
“COGA has ascertained we made mistakes in the collection of signatures on a petition submitted to City Council last week opposing a ban on hydraulic fracturing,” COGA President and CEO wrote in an email to the council on Monday. “As a result, we withdraw that petition from the record.”
But Fort Collins city officials will not remove it from the public record, said Rita Harris, deputy Fort Collins city clerk.
“We’re not giving it back,” she said.
Once a petition is part of public record, it can’t be withdrawn, said City Councilman Gerry Horak.
“It’s all sort of immaterial, because there’s nothing ‘official’ about the petition — it’s purely used to demonstrate public sentiment,” Harris said. “Most of the time, we don’t even keep these types of petitions for more than a couple weeks.”
The COGA petition drive was led by energy consulting firm EIS Solutions, whose vice-president is former Colorado Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry, a Grand Junction Republican.
COGA and EIS Solutions both declined to respond to questions Monday.”

While the Halliburton chemicals used in fracking could be made like the swill Hick SIPPED, it is “too expensive for general use. What is used, in Western Colorado at least:
And most of Josh’s far ranging list of “enjoyments” are not DEPENDENT on NG, it is a convenience and almost all his items were made without it when its use was very limited. Plastics are now heavily dependent for feedstock, but it could replaced as they were initially developed from renewable organics (fossil fuels were originally living organics BTW). His inference that people would not have cars is a real reach because petroleum/NG are only some of the fuels that can be used. Besides, he like all people addicted by this mania, never wish to see the finite side of present fossil fuels and really don’t care as long as their selfish “I want it NOW for me” is their main philosophy.
Fracking could use LNG and stop the plundering of billions of gallons of water and the introductions of toxic chemicals, but it isn’t the “cheapest. So it all boils down to putting the most money in a few pockets NOW – not what is best for the people, the world, and future generations. 
Same-O-Same-O industry proaganda sloganizing!

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