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Sun Sep 23, 2012, 11:21 AM

Fracking? For whom?

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Right now the U.S. doesn't have the infrastructure it needs to become a major gas exporter. Canada and Mexico don't need our gas, and the liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals that will be necessary to tap lucrative markets in Europe and Asia have not yet been built.

Constructing the eleven huge LNG export terminals now on the drawing boards will cost more than $100 billion.

Tens of billions more will be needed to build pipelines to bring the gas to the coastal terminals. Should the United States pour this kind of money into fossil fuel infrastructure at a time when scientists warn that we are already suffering the adverse impacts of climate change?

The Obama administration has held up licensing export terminals until after the election. This winter, when licensing is again on the table, scientists, health care professionals and concerned citizens who oppose fracking may find themselves allied with manufacturers who realize that competition with foreign markets will drive up costs for both American industry and consumers.

Finally consider this: If the U.S. does export shale gas, it will be supplying countries like France that have already banned fracking because it's too dangerous.

Is the U.S. on its way to becoming an energy extraction colony for other nations?

Are we the new Third World?


Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Fracking-For-whom-3886534.php#ixzz27J4P0hOX

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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 11:25 AM

1. We do their soldiering. That's what the U.S. does. It gets all the money for doing the shit stuff.

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Response to valerief (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 12:28 PM

3. I've made comments about our military being mercenaries since the first Gulf War.

Remember that the Bush administration emphasized the financial contributions of other nations and that the US made a profit from the war.

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Response to white cloud (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 11:35 AM

2. I just saw a natural gas ad on TV this morning. The blatant pandering to a persons reason is

appalling. They actually said some thing like, 'We all realize we have to make sacrifices to get to the natural gas supplies in the US but the people are willing to do it.' Fracking? Are these idiots kidding. That's not sacrifice. That's an 'in your face', 'Screw you!' 'We are going to destroy the land and the water supply and you have to accept it as sacrificing on your part.'

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