Dave Spigelmyer Contributing Columnist in timesleader .com 8/8/2014
This paper’s inflammatory attacks on the tens of thousands of hardworking Pennsylvania men and women who make up our state’s growing natural gas industry, along with the hundreds of locally based businesses that are expanding and hiring in our communities thanks to shale, is offensive.
The most recent example of this troubling pattern was displayed in an Oct. 5 editorial, “Why export Pa.’s fuel overseas?” whereby the paper dismissively referred to Pennsylvania’s shale workforce as “the good-old boys from Oklahoma and Texas.”
To be absolutely clear, a common-sense approach to strengthening America’s energy security through expanding natural gas trade with our key allies around the world is supported by the White House, congressional Democrats and Republicans, independent national security experts and economists – including the liberal Brookings Institution – as well as labor, business and manufacturing organizations.
Top State Department and United Nations officials have touted the undeniable air-quality benefits associated with expanded global natural gas use. The federal government also cites...