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2/10/2014 9:36:00 AM Letters to the editor: What the 'frack' or addiction to fossil fuels?
La Salle County citizens, alongside nearly all Americans, suffer from an extreme addiction of fossil fuels. Our addiction is driven by mass consumerism fueled by our demand for essential, crucial necessities and huge amounts of lesser vital stuff. Corporations spend billions on highly effective advertisements, designed using the latest neuroscience that intensify our desire for ownership of these disposable items. In fact, global spanning corporations have successfully deceived our Congress that it is favorable for 1% of the citizens to control the nation's wealth.
Explaining this dependence, one must realize the dangerous drug is the dirty energy consumed daily. The drug dealers in this argument are big petroleum corporations. These companies use questionable means of lifting trapped natural gas found in sandstone under life sustaining soil.
The addict (me and you) can only confront our problems if first admitting a problem exists. View satellite images showing glaciers disappearing, and deep ocean water temperatures at record levels are giving us a sick planet. Currently the gas drillers require one more ingredient found under our farmland. Silica sand! This sand is used in hydraulic fracturing or fracking. The fracking industry repeatedly states that pumping millions of gallons of water infused with unnamed chemicals is safe. Remember Big Tobacco Companies (people, too) swore smoking was safe. However, with almost 500,000 active fracking wells in the U.S. this industry is injecting over 300 billion gallons of unknown chemicals underground adjacent to fresh water aquifers that support life. Only two ways to help fix an addict; interdiction or stopping the manufacture of the damaging drug in this case natural gas.
A majority of board members of North Utica have voted against saving the world from self-annihilation by permitting mining and removal of 500 acres of prime irreplaceable farmland. Money comes and goes; nevertheless, proliferation of fossil fuel use will amplify CO2 emissions, which effects quality of life on the third planet from the Sun. Therefore, it is requisite for the planet's survival that you the once trusted board members remember our planet's existence demands no more mines. It takes a village to care more about survival of this planet than topping off petroleum conglomerates offshore bank accounts. In 2009 fracking sand cost $44.33 a ton. With Utica getting 20 cents a ton looks like the town should have gotten at least .33 cents a ton. Indeed, with improved technology humans will learn to harvest our energy needs using solar and wind power. The sand in the hour glass is fast running out, indeed elected officials missed a chance in helping curing our addiction.
Mark Edgcomb, Utica
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