Now for the second, less humorous, political post. I am sick of hearing that natural gas is the clean alternative to gas and coal because I question the validity of this statement. I would love to see someone do a carbon footprint study of natural gas production like the one that disproved the cleaner production of ethanol. Is the overall production of natural gas better for the environment and us, or is it all hype so that a lot of people can keep their high paying jobs and we consumers can continue wasting energy?
Not only do I question the total carbon footprint, but I also think it is important to consider the waste products the industry produces, including the drill lubricants that end up in our rivers, ground water, and aquifers. Is the cleanliness of the energy produced by natural gas offset, as is my guess, by the destruction used to produce the product? Can anything really be done? Like big oil, Big Gas has deep pockets and lots of people depend on the paychecks of Big Gas. The typical recipe for short term gain with long term costs. The same people who are paid by Big Gas love their children, which is one reason they want the big paycheck, but they don’t stop to think of the future where no amount of money can alter the facts of the devastation left behind. For a glimpse of the truth, there is a tv series that looks at ghost towns in the world (I will add it in a comment tonight). The first episode deals with a city near Chernobyl and a city built around lead mines in America. Look at the American city, but Chernobyl is just as accurate.
P.S. The documentary series on ghost towns is “Forgotten Planet” and the city is Picher, Oklahoma.
P.P.S. The truth is people are willing to put up with or condone something that does not roost in their own home as long as they are making money. They only cry foul when someone does something similar that ends up in their back yard. Here is a challenge for all you Frack supporters, if Fracking is so safe, then take a tanker truck full of the waste and waste water from the process and store it in an open pit in your cellar instead of someone else’s back yard. Let your children play around it. This should be mandatory for any CEO of a manufacturing business. If you can’t live with the results, neither should anyone else.