On Tuesday, a group of people, led by filmmaker Josh Fox, demonstrated on the main stairway of the Capitol where they demanded a halt to hydraulic fracturing -- the technology that has made possible the current expansion and job growth in Pennsylvania's natural gas sector.
Participants arrived in gasoline-powered automobiles, riding on tires that require natural gas for their manufacture. They marched in rubber-soled shoes made with gas byproducts and returned to homes lit, cooled and heated by natural gas or coal-fired power plants.
If the demonstrators lived the kinds of lives they would impose on others, they would be cold, hungry and immobile.
The writer is special assistant to Gov. Tom Corbett.