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Natural gas poses negligible danger to climate

Forest Byrd/For The Sunday Gazette
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A Jan. 8 letter to the editor raised more fears than facts concerning natural gas development in New York state. The writer tried to separate shale natural gas from other sources of natural gas, suggesting that shale gas is inferior or bad to produce. This simply is not true. All natural gas is composed of a family of naturally occurring carbon and hydrogen molecules. All gas fields are somewhat different. Some fields produce an abundance ...

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January 20, 2013
10:33 p.m.

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With due respect, Mr. Wege is pushing the same old line. You don't have to possess an engineering degree to see that hydro-fracking is environmentally dangerous, as is conventional drilling. The real dangers represented by the energy industry's continued denials lie in the pollution from burning the natural gas and oil, and from the "kick the can down the road" mentality.
The industry's own ads mention enough oil and gas reserves to last 100 years. Apparently, we are expected to burn these fuels frivolously and leave our great-grandchildren to deal with the problem of exhausted energy resources.
A serious energy engineer would be working on solar, wind and hydro-electric energy use. There is more than enough such energy for all the world's needs, but at this point, the technology to use it efficiently is under-developed. The really cool factor of these energy sources is that, besides being non-polluting, they will never be exhausted! Instead of proposing arguments supporting obsolete technology, Mr. Wege should consider supporting technology that is appropriate for the future, not just for the profits of oil and gas companies.