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Now, the War on Natural Gas

June 15, 2012

With the EPA having nearly completed its war on coal, the next enemy of environmentalists will be natural gas.

The opening guns in the campaign against natural gas were fired by the Sierra Club. The battle plan is called “beyond natural gas.”

Here is how the Sierra Club portrays the issue:

“Fossil fuels have no part in America’s energy future – coal, oil and natural gas are literally poisoning us. The emergence of natural gas as a significant part of our energy mix is particularly frightening because it dangerously postpones investment in clean energy at a time when we should be doubling down on wind, solar and energy efficiency.”
Robin Mann, Sierra Club President

It’s troubling, at best, to see the Sierra Club adopt an approach that hurts the United States, its economy and its citizens.

The Sierra Club’s web site contains gross inaccuracies, call them lies, about fracking and natural gas.

The sentence from their web site, “[Fracking] is known to contaminate drinking water, pollute the air and cause earthquakes” is 100% wrong on one count, and misleading on the other two. Their manifesto, also on their web site, contains a wealth of inaccurate information.

These inaccurate and misleading statements are the leading edge of the Sierra Club’s campaign against natural gas.

To this date there have been no proven examples of fracking having caused contamination of drinking water. The air pollution to which they refer is the escape of small quantities of natural gas into the atmosphere. And the earthquakes, that were ignored when there was a desire on the part of environmentalists to drill for geothermal energy, are almost too small to be felt, at 1 to 2 on the Richter scale.

It was not too long ago that environmentalists referred to natural gas as the clean fuel.

Now, with an abundance of low-cost natural gas, the Sierra Club declares war on it, because natural gas can generate electricity more efficiently and at less cost than wind and solar.

What the Sierra Club is really doing is declaring war on the United States and all its citizens.

Fracking with horizontal drilling has actually been used for decades, and has only recently been applied to the release of natural gas from shale.

Most home owners are familiar with natural gas, which is used for heating. They see that natural gas is clean burning, efficient and low cost. Elimination of fracking will mean higher costs for them.

With its war against Americans, the Sierra Club counts on supporters for the money to wage its campaign The Sierra Club is rich and can afford to do whatever it wants. While it used to work for clean water and protection of wildlife, it is now wedded to Europe and the UN. The Sierra Club’s real goal is to ban fossil fuels – no matter how badly it hurts Americans.

When the next letter arrives, soliciting funds, you may want to go to the Sierra Club’s web site and see how they are conducting their campaign against jobs, the economy and independence from OPEC.

It’s necessary, of course, to be able to separate facts from the various misstatements or misleading statements found on the Sierra Club’s web site.

It’s not possible to cover all the misinformation here, but one example may suffice. They consistently claim that diesel fuel is used in fracking. While this may have been the case in the past, it is no longer used. It’s also no longer true that the chemicals used in fracking are completely hidden from the public. In nearly every case these chemicals are known to state regulators.

In reality, fracking is the key that opens the door to energy independence. See, Victory is Within Reach.

In addition, an abundant supply of low-cost natural gas can lead to the reindustrialization of America and a resurgence in jobs. See, The Gift that Keeps Giving Part II.

As Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Leveris said, “the shale hoard is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It is beholden to us to build upon it. He implored America to get its act together to take advantage of this amazing discovery by putting gas at the forefront of a national energy policy.”

 

Note:

  • Link to Sierra Club web site. http://content.sierraclub.org/naturalgas/
  • If you have a question about a statement on the Sierra Club web site, send me an email and I will try to provide you with factual information.

 

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