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Energy Crisis No Long-Term Energy Plan; Dependence on Fracking, Offshore Drilling, Pipelines

Energy Crisis No Long-Term Energy Plan; Dependence on Fracking, Offshore Drilling, Pipelines

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Published by Horatio Green
The U.S. has failed to develop a long-term energy plan, continues to let corporations pursue enhanced ways of extracting fossil fuels while disregarding our safety, and essentially has let big oil dictate our energy future
The U.S. has failed to develop a long-term energy plan, continues to let corporations pursue enhanced ways of extracting fossil fuels while disregarding our safety, and essentially has let big oil dictate our energy future

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Published by: Horatio Green on Oct 09, 2012
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Energy Crisis: No Long-Term Energy Plan; Dependence onFracking, Offshore Drilling, Pipelines
How many warnings does it take from scientist, environmentalist, and other knowledgeable people, or presidents and politicians, before the United States and its citizens take the ever-loomingenergy crisis seriously? Domestic production of oil and gas are up. Mitt Romney supportssubsidies for ethanol, supports the coal industry, supports building the Keystone XL pipeline, andwants to expand oil and gas drilling. But fossil fuels are poisoning us. The continued drive to produce energy derived from fossil fuel only diverts efforts to develop clean energy.A case in point: the latest trend is horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) of shale toaccess natural gas. It’s a process that is highly controversial.Proponents say the process will lead the U.S. to energy independence. That it will helpeconomically depressed communities, create jobs, and will help in the transition to renewableenergy sources.Opponents warn of the risks: air and water pollution, radiation, cancer, global climate change dueto the release of methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.Sierra Club President Robin Mann saysthat “Natural gas drillers exploit government loopholes, ignore decades-old environmental protections, and disregard the health of entire communities.”Penn State geologist Terry Engelder  saysthat he believes “economic health has to come before environmental health is worked out.”Protecting the environment, however, must be our first priority. If we do not protect theenvironment we will not have a future, and our economic health or anything else will not reallymatter.But regardless of whether the U.S. allows fracking to continue, opens more areas to offshore oildrilling or whether we continue with the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline, the UnitedStates must find new sources of energy that are renewable, sustainable, and environmentally safe.We must abandon our predilection for what has been our past, and, over time, lessen our dependence on fossil fuels: oil, coal, and natural gas. But we must be careful on how we make the

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