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Environmental activists experiencing (natural) gas pains

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: June 4, 2012

Environmentalists like natural gas because they hate coal.

Gas companies hate disclosing the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing. So they must be forced to disclose them.

Which of the above statements is true?

Neither. Many energy firms have been voluntarily disclosing fracking chemicals, so a new state requirement to do so is mostly moot.

As for the environmentalists, particularly the Sierra Club, they hate both natural gas and coal. They just hate coal more.

A sensible national energy policy, which this nation doesn't have, would stress domestic sources of fuel for running vehicles and making electricity. The sources would be diverse — coal, hydropower, wind, solar, oil and natural gas. For making power, gas is cleaner than coal; thus, encouraging its use should be a priority for environmentalists.

It was a priority. At least we thought it was. Now it's clearly not.

A Wall Street Journal commentary puts this in perspective: The Sierra Club liked gas more than coal until it didn't like either. Actually it never really liked either but it disliked gas less than it disliked coal. At least we think so. Check back next time the Club for Ungrowth spits out another press release using a solar-powered inkjet printer.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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