Letters to the Editor

Dan Petrocella: Gated community blinders

Regarding the Jan. 14 column “ The Orwellian leftist foes of fracking”: I have often found J. Peder Zane’s contributions to The N&O engaging and well-reasoned. However, his recent paean to fracking leaves me scratching my head.

I will not argue the point over whether it is the political right or left who is blinder in its respective faith, but I prefer to believe that government by the people, for the people, is more likely to protect our mutual futures than short-term, profit-driven multi-national corporations, some responsible for the worldwide financial collapse, the Deepwater Horizon blowout and the Exxon Valdez spill.

There are very real concerns about the safety of fracking that are scientifically based and cannot be shrugged off. Recent studies show that fracked gas may be no cleaner than coal when all the costs of extraction are tallied. Fracking generates jobs, but not as many as renewable energy would.

By stating global warming is not real, Zane is contradicting the 97 percent of the world’s climate experts. He may be right. But if he is wrong, he needn’t worry. We live in the gated community of the world, and we’re all safe from the fallout, right?

Dan Petrocella