With all due respect to the owners of All Good Bakers in Albany ("Food for thought on hydrofracking," April 11), natural gas is far from an unsustainable or short-term energy source.
Opponents of modern natural gas development usually ignore one of its most important benefits - plentiful and inexpensive energy.
Cuomo's dithering on fracking is stalling a game-changer for New York's economy
A report on natural gas exploration in Texas predicts a decades-long boom in U.S. production. "The most exhaustive study to date of a key natural gas field in Texas, combined with related research under way elsewhere, shows that U.S. shale-rock formations will provide a growing source of moderately priced natural gas through 2040," the Wall Street Journal reported.
I was glad to see so much publicity around Yoko Ono's visit to fracking sites in Pennsylvania as well as a number of opponents speaking out against fracking. I wonder what energy source was used to get the buses and media to the Pennsylvania sites? What energy source is used for the critics to get to their designated protest points or to transmit their views; where does this electricity come from anyway? I hope their homes are warm during this cold spell and that they stay cool this summer. I am sure their homes do this automatically without an external energy source.
There's a wall along New York's southern border that's dividing us against each other. Built with fear and misinformation about natural gas development, this hollow wall casts a shadow over our economic future. But with little foundation in reality, it can't stand up to mounting evidence of the safety and widely shared benefits of a responsible local natural gas industry.
On Jan. 8, the three local Gannett newspapers carried as the lead story this item: "Officials seek more time to comment on fracking." The evening before, at least three local television broadcasts used this as their lead story as well. The one thing that I noticed to be missing from this news is that almost all of the officials that were cited in the article represent communities in which no gas exploration is likely to occur. Where exactly in the cities of Binghamton, Elmira and Ithaca do the mayors expect to see drilling rigs? And the Town of Caroline already has a gas drilling ban in place.
Many opponents of hydraulic fracturing say they're against natural gas because it's bad for the climate. They have it exactly backward. Shale gas and hydrofracking are vital to a successful climate and energy strategy. In August, the Energy Information Administration announced that first-quarter carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. had decreased to levels not seen since 1992, and CO2 emissions from coal were at their lowest since 1983. The EIA attributes these trends to our increasing use of natural gas.
I do not understand why New York continues to allow politics to stand in the way of natural gas production. We are wasting a valuable resource that could do wonders for our struggling state economy. Look at Pennsylvania. Their state Department of Environmental Protection estimates that shale drilling there currently supports 240,000 jobs and has the potential to create many thousands more. It generates millions of dollars in tax revenue for municipalities while operating under strict environmental standards that protect people, air and water.
We found this website that provided a different opinion to "The Promise Land" movie and are providing it to our energy forum readers: To hear Hollywood tell it, folks out in rural America who are presented with an opportunity to develop their mineral rights and produce clean-burning natural gas for the country have a tough choice on their hands: Don't do it, and you ruin your economy. Do it, and you ruin your environment.