In a letter to Flower Mound Mayor and Council, Virginia Moore, oil and gas attorney and mediator for the Oil and Gas Advisory Board, asks that we consider the big picture regarding regulating oil and gas extraction in Flower Mound. Moore is unable to see the big picture because her vision is clouded by navel gazing.
Moore drags out the same old bogeyman: Middle East instability. According to some experts, the Middle East is progressing toward Democracy. No matter what the situation in the Middle East, our world will see increasing chaos as climate change brings more violent weather patterns.
She also reminds us of the last energy crisis when scarcity caused long lines at gas stations. Which reminds me that natural gas, like all fossil fuels is a finite resource. Why not make the switch sooner than later?
I’ll bite, Virginia, let’s talk about chaos and scarcity. The water used to extract natural gas is not sustainable! Despite what industry tells us, the water they use is not like the water used to irrigate golf courses. The water they use is permanently removed from our active hydrologic cycle. And, Industry is like a wolverine: what they don’t use up, they spoil. You have never seen chaos, Virginia, like what is coming when a bunch of Texans, armed to the max, get thirsty.
Personally, I don’t usually invite a bunch of lying thugs to my parties, but, if I did, I certainly wouldn’t let them make up their own party rules. Apparently Virginia thinks industry should help make the rules so compliance won’t cost them too much.
…there was no attempt to quantify costs of compliance with the changes being recommended.
This is a billion dollar industry that has reaped record breaking profits the past few years! Last year alone, taxpayers gave $46 billion in corporate welfare to the Big Gas Mafia. That’s 12 times the support given to renewable energy.
And, industry has broad exemptions to every one of our federal environmental laws meant to keep our water safe and our air clean.
This industry is a spoiled brat who has never played by the rules. Unlike other industries they haven’t been forced to innovate and find ways to conduct their business without harming peoples’ health and our vital resources. We are asked to sacrifice our childrens’ health, our air and water, our property value and our serenity as the cost of the Big Gas Mafia’s business practices.
You won’t see the big picture in your navel or in a wallet full of royalties so stop looking. Think about a picture where people come before corporate profits. You won’t see the big picture by doing the same old things and making the same mistakes. The big picture we need is a picture without any dirty fossil fuels.