I am responding to the editorial “Winter of Our Content: Natural Gas Drilling Warms Consumers’ Wallets” (Jan. 28). It was narcissistic, considering the human species only, our comfort and profit (the energy companies make billions in profit so there is no need to raise the cost of energy). The editorial failed to consider the cost to the entire ecosystem in which humans are only a small part. Fracking pollutes air, water and soil. It releases methane, which was the cause of the worst mass extinction, killing 95 percent of life on the planet. We are now underway into the sixth mass extinction.
Article 1, Section 27, of the Pennsylvania Constitution states: “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”
I’d rather “take a cold shower” than experience the toxic effects of the life-threatening chemicals used in fracking — rashes, nausea, dizziness, tumors, headaches, etc., and widespread death to our wildlife. I’d rather take a cold shower than wonder “where have all the flowers gone?” (the late Pete Seeger). “When will we ever learn?”
In ending, the editorial said, “Natural gas drilling makes dollars and sense,” but I say it doesn’t make life and co-existence sense. There are other sources of energy that do make sense, and I say “Shine, baby, shine,” not “Drill, baby, drill.”
MARY RUTH AULL