Green and anti-fracking is new marketing plan

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While Charles Ashby’s excellent report (“Company’s entrance into fracking debate upsets Republicans”, November 12, 2013) chronicled the efforts of local Republican politicians to “carry water” for the oil and gas industry, today’s editorial (“Green and anti-fracking is new marketing plan”) exposes the Sentinel’s dubious editorial standards.

Because the Sentinel refuses to disclose the full content of five local legislators’ letter to Patagonia, it remains unclear whether it “repeats the unproven allegation that fracking [never] taints groundwater”, or whether they are “upset” because Patagonia’s factual assertions are not provably inaccurate, or because Patagonia refuses to buy into the familiar propaganda these industry shills (and now the Sentinel) have spouted for years.

Patagonia’s purported “sin” was supporting campaigns for more local control of fracking operations—and nothing could be more “conservative” than local regulation of activities potentially threatening a community’s public health, safety, and/or welfare.

Likewise, there is nothing inconsistent about Patagonia and New Belgian Brewing Co.—which benefit from responsible natural gas development (including fracking)—also supporting efforts to preclude irresponsible fracking, especially within communities.

Presumably, the letter-writers offered no substantiation for their claim that Patagonia’s statements “are not based on any facts about the real world of fracing (sic)” and fail to mention that any such dearth of “facts” is deliberately perpetuated by the industry.

Meanwhile, until Congress repeals the “Halliburton Exceptions” to the Safe Drinking Water and Clean Water Acts, both the EPA and Colorado regulators are prohibited from regulating “fracking wells” as “underground injection wells” as Congress had intended, and/or from regulating potentially toxic “fracking fluids” as the “pollutants” they can be.

The editorial then hypocritically raises the issue of ethanol subsidies to discredit them, when the Sentinel itself has a greater journalistic responsibility to “take it on as a cause” than do those enterprises.

Aw, jeez! Just when I was starting to get excited because elsewhere in the paper one of the Sentinel’s favorite blind squirrels, Bill Grant, finally found an acorn, along comes the editorial phrase “climate-change gases like CO2.”
In the interests of clarity, because the weather (aka “climate”) does nothing other than “change,” I am reluctant to ignore such a knowingly deceptive marketing brand name. Additionally, CO2 is PLANT FOOD, for crying out loud. Greenhouses and florists buy it to make their plants grow better. Plants would benefit from a 300% increase in the Earth’s CO2. So “greenhouse gases”, a favorite marketing phrase of climate alarmists and other fear mongers, either needs to start excluding CO2, or be tossed into the waste basket of history’s scams. It is the basic nature of chemical elements and compounds to seek their most stable form. And since the Earth and it’s atmosphere are immense compared to humans, logic and intellectually honest scientific inquiry and observation would seem to be more useful than greed-based fear mongering.
Energy is not a left-vs-right issue. It’s a centralization-vs-decentralization issue. It’s a sustainability-vs-unsustainability issue. The only reason it sometimes appears as “Left versus Right” is because the disordered folks who like to obtain their wealth by manipulating government into stealing the labor of the productive classes via controlling the fraudulent and blatantly unconstitutional interest-bearing debt-as-money currency supply get their power by dividing and conquering the ignorant and gullible while simultaneously centralizing entire economies into a giant nebulous gazillion-dollar global ball from which they can hopefully steal trillions without being noticed.
I say give free market forces and science a chance to work. That’s something we’ve never done. There have always been subsidies and special interest legislation benefiting one “side” or another. Witness “the Right’s” oil depletion allowances. Witness “the Left’s” cronies at Solyndra. Witness the ongoing currency war.
It is logical to note that there is a finite amount of fossil fuels, which means the intelligent thing to do is start maximizing our use of renewable energy and get serious about developing energy sources less exhaustible than fossil fuels before we run out.
As the trendy saying goes, “thing globally, act locally.” That means a good place to start is to maximize our use of by far the cheapest and most effective energy source: insulation. It might also be nice if we humans could use what is jocularly referred to as our “intelligence” and technology to construct homes and other structures which lasted longer than the mortgage payments.

P.S.: Since I can’t control “global warming”, I have no quarrel with the Earth warming and cooling as it has done for countless millenia. I just don’t want bloated manipulative fear mongers such as Al Gore and his “leftist” patrons, benefactors, myrmidons, acolytes, fans and assorted fellow travelers getting rich off of tax-based scams and irrational panic.
To all you “Chicken Little” weather alarmists out there (and their panicky fans), if you absolutely insist on being terrified by things pretty much outside of your immediate personal control, think on this: the Earth’s sun is supposedly going to supernova on us in about two billion years. That’s means the Earth will turn into a literal cinder. Boy, that’s real “global warming”! That also means we only have two billion years to learn how to live on one of the 40 billion other Earth-like plants in the Milky Way Galaxy. If that’s not enough, you can always sweat “The Asteroid” or the Texas-sized pile of trash — (a direct result of centralization) — floating around in the Pacific Ocean.
For you so-called “leftists” and other so-called “Eco freaks” out there — the most idiotic, rude and combative of whom have actually been known to publicly demonize scientists who are so-called “climate skeptics” as being “climate cranks” (God bless their fuzzy little heads and hearts!) — that also means wind, hydro and tidal energy resources aren’t useful for powering warp-speed space ships even though I believe it is eminently logical to maximize them here on Earth ASAP.
Because I have every bit as much “compassion” as you do, I really do “care” just as much about the Earth and her environment as you do. That’s why I’m studying aquaponics, permaculture and internal-combustion-to-electric conversions instead of running around crying, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” As Mohandas K. Gandhi once famously said, “you have to BE the change you want to see in society.”

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