Much of the debate over fracking for natural gas has centered around the potential to pollute drinking water. What's not explicit in much of the discussion is that - in Pennsylvania - the only thing that has polluted people's well water as a result of drilling is natural gas...
An oldie but goody revisited. Folks we should not forget or forgive the hypocracy of those obstructing landownwer rights!! JLCpulse
By Jon Entine 12/14/11 in The Global Warming Policy Foundation, Energy News
An anti-fracking philanthropist has turned environmentalists into precautionary conservatives. How did this happen?
Environmentalists are not playing it straight on natural gas. Until recently, they have been amongst its most aggressive promoters, even coining the phrase “bridge to the future.”
“Natural gas is inherently cleaner than coal or oil,” wrote the DC-based NGO, Renewable Energy Policy Project, in 1997, in a typical analysis. “Since renewables will be unable to meet most energy needs for some time, gas is an essential bridge to a renewable energy era.”
As recently as 2008, progressive environmentalists, such the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, heralded its promise. “We also need to consider … how to better support natural gas as a bridge fuel to a more climate-friendly energy supply,” said president Eileen Clausen in a widely circulated speech. Natural gas was seen as a marriage of enlightened capitalism and pragmatic progressivism—a fossil fuel, whose...