freedom from foreign oil?


Have you ever wondered why I am blogging? There are lots of humans out there who blog, (here is great one) but as far as I can tell, I’m the only three-legged dog on the Internet with a blog. The reasons I blog are simple: to help and educate to others. And it just may be that you get a chuckle out of my blog along the way.

So far, my blog is mainly about Marcellus Shale development. I often venture into philosophy or politics (like today), but mainly my point is to give the dog’s-eye-view of this un-natural disaster called shale gas extraction.

It is so sad that the natural gas industry has taken on the viewpoint that exploiting our domestic natural resources is a way to liberate ourselves from foreign energy dependence. Why is this sad? Is it not the truth?

It is not the truth. This argument is based on several inaccurate positions. Here they are:

  1. The only energy choices we have are oil, coal, and gas.
  2. Marcellus Shale gas will power the U.S. for 20-100 years.
  3. The natural gas industry is a domestic industry.
  4. Natural gas is clean and safe.

To debunk these myths is easy. Here we go…

  1. We also have wind, solar, geothermal, and a variety of other non-fossil based options. However, massive corporations have yet to prioritize these options. I don’t need a link to verify this. Just look around you.
  2. Marcellus Shale gas is being shipped to foreign countries. Yes, there may very well be enough gas here to power the U.S. for decades, but it’s not staying in the U.S., so that’s a moot point. China, for example, is an energy hog and needs gas.
  3. The natural gas industry is not a domestic industry. The last time I checked, 3 of the 6 big oil companies are foreign.
  4. Natural gas is neither clean nor safe. Cornell University professor Tony Ingraffea recently debunked this myth, and it received major headlines. The “safe, clean natural gas” advertisement campaigns are false. Period.

And so, that’s about it for today. The thought I want to leave you with is this: Gas companies fly the American Flag on their rigs. Why? They want you to think that shale gas exploration is a patriotic thing that will “bring a soldier home.” In other words, they are exploiting your patriotic spirit. You are being treated as a tool. An idiotic drool who will believe anything. Think critically, my human friends, and ask yourself “Why are they trying so hard to convince me that shale gas development is a patriotic thing?”

Pennsylvanians have been told that they should be honored to take one on the chin for their country. Now that is offensive, even to a dog.

About adamaecompton

just a three-legged rescue dog, bloggin about critical citizenship, the environment, and all sorts of literacy.
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