(By Simon Lomax, ’76 Contributor) It’s no secret that many U.S. environmental groups have become more strident and ideological during the Obama presidency. But you may be surprised just how extreme they have become.
My grandmother passed away a decade ago. Yet I can still remember her warm smile. She and most of my dad’s side of the family lived in a small village in East China. I first visited her back in 1983. By then, China had started limited economic reform for three years. People’s living standards had improved, but life in a village was still very hard.
As a single mom budgeting for energy costs, my blood pressure just went up a little higher. The Farmer’s Almanac recently released its latest prediction: This winter will be colder, and the 2015 summer will be hotter. That means higher energy costs in my family budget.
The eminent historian Paul Johnson begins his acclaimed book “Modern Times” by describing Albert Einstein’s quest at the beginning of the last century for an all-encompassing general theory of relativity and the three specific tests he determined were required to empirically validate his equations.
We’re celebrating Earth Day this week, and maybe that’s what the White House hoped people would think it was doing when it earlier delayed construction of the job-creating, energy-boosting, science-endorsed, Keystone XL pipeline. It was more nearly a means of bringing in bribes. A real way to celebrate would be to cheer on fracking, an environmental as well as an economic blessing.
(’76 Contributor) President Barack Obama has promised to make economic inequality the central issue in congressional elections this year. Similarly, urban-centric activists in Colorado have launched
In the last election, four Colorado cities voted to ban hydraulic fracking: Boulder, Broomfield, Loveland, and Fort Collins. Anti-fracking proponents promise to take their campaign statewide. Self-described ‘fractivist’ Shawn Davis stated “This is not an anti-fracking fight anymore, it’s a civil rights movement. Our civil rights to safety and protection have been taken away from us.” Davis represents organizations like Sierra Club, which oppose all fossil fuels, including natural gas. Anti-fracking bans have been enacted in New Jersey, New York, and Vermont, and in 400 cities around the country.
Back in the late 1970’s, in the era of gas lines, when some of my friends would get up early to sell doughnuts to those waiting in line, Bob Hope was in a TV commercial holding up a piece of shale that was on fire. He talked about the vast deposits of shale in the United States that could be used to supply energy in the future.
At the 35th Annual Heritage Foundation Resource Bank held in Colorado Springs, Nationally renowned documentary filmmaker Ann McElhinney spoke to attendees about her latest project called “FrackNation.” Her documentary tells the truth about fracking and responds to the propaganda-laden blatant lies and misrepresentations and pure rubbish meant to terrify people about fracking in the film “Gasland,” funded by HBO.