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.