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Natural gas drilling good practice, says reader

1/10/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

In response to Mr. [John] Ambrose’s letter regarding his reference to the current natural gas bonanza in Ohio as being a “necessary evil” [“Resident concerned with natural gas ‘boom,’” Dec. 27, 2012, West Side Leader], there is but one word that sums up such inane thoughts — poppycock!

New millionaires are being founded every week in Ohio as citizens exercise their rights as enumerated by the U.S. Constitution with regards to private property ownership. This exercise manifests a creation of jobs, energy and wealth for Ohioans through free enterprise and capitalism. Only in America can this wonderful God-given natural resource be used by private owners to produce prosperity by increasing the supply of this clean energy source and thus reducing the energy cost to not only Ohioans, but other Americans.

Of course, some alarmists who support such absurdity as “Agenda 21” think we should be living in a zero sum gain environment. These are the same people who would fight to the death to keep their Toyota Prius, iPods and cell phones regardless of the environmental impact. The hypocrisy is palatable. More respected environmentalist outlets are saying that the fabrication of scientific data to support a political global warming policy has come to light for what it is: a myth to support wealth redistribution and usurp the U.S. Constitution, private property and capitalism.

Ohioans are reaping huge benefits from the use of the Marcellus and Utica shale natural gas. It is good for us citizens and for those citizens of other countries we export our energy resources to. It is just common sense for America to be energy independent and especially independent from Sharia-compliant countries. Capitalism creates wealth for all while socialism is best described as trickle down poverty.

American energy for Americans.

Richard Bradner, Bath

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