COLORADO SPRINGS, April 6, 2014 — Fracking is becoming a hot topic in Colorado. Despite the total lack of scientific evidence, anti-fracking activists, known as “Fracktivists,” are trying to stop the production of oil and gas in Colorado. An initiative to that effect may be on the November 2014 ballot. In the process, they reveal their irrational agenda. Such is the case on rural Elbert County, northeast of El Paso County and Colorado Springs.
In a Colorado Springs parking lot a new Volvo all-wheel drive XC-70—itself no symbol of fuel efficiency starting at $35,400 and rated at 18 miles per gallon sports a Fracktivist bumper sticker.
There is no indication that this vehicle is powered by wind or solar or even lead-based electric batteries charged from alternative energy sources. Alas, it seems to be yet another carbon-belching regular old car. Where do they imagine the gas came from?
The license plate frame proclaims where the fractivist comes from: Washington State. A west coast liberal invading rural, conservative Colorado.
In the November 2013 election fracking bans were passed in Boulder, Lafayette, and Ft. Collins, Colorado—largely symbolic. It did make fracktivists feel good about themselves, as though on a moral crusade.
They have not earned nor do they deserve the aura of moral superiority them claim.
As the independent movie Fracknation proves, the process of fracking has been around since the late 1940s and when performed properly, is perfectly safe for the environment. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell even said so last week in Congressional testimony.
“There’s nothing inherently dangerous in fracking that sound engineering practices can’t accomplish,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy told the Boston Globe. With no objections from the Obama administration, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is pro-fracking as well.
Hydraulic fracturing occurs hundreds of feet, even miles, below ground water level. It is perfectly safe. It produces the kind of energy needed for a 21st century economy. The use of windmills for energy production touted by these backwards-looking radical environmentalists was superseded hundreds of years ago.
It’s time to stop tilting at windmills and start looking toward the future.