The Coloradoan published an article on July 16, 2013, that contains some of the most offensive attacks on Colorado citizens that officials of government have leveled – at least in recent history. The article’s title gives you more than a hint at what’s in store: “Energy summit speakers: Fracking critics scaring the public, driving up home heating costs.”
Critics are “scaring the public!” Not on your life. But with language like this, certain elected officials and appointed charlatans certainly are.
It’s no surprise that Barbara Kirkmeyer, Weld County Commissioner, would level the kinds of charges at citizens who seek to protect their health and safety and the health and safety of their families, friends and communities. The evidence of toxicity is mounting daily and it will only grow more certain.
“Fracking detractors are trying to ‘scare the crap out of everybody with the wrong facts and making things up,’ said Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, who was moderating the discussion between Lepore and Anadarko regulatory affairs manager Brad Miller,” reported The Coloradoan.
No, Commissioner Kirkmeyer, the only people who are putting the public in harm’s way and “scaring” them are the likes of YOU and those with whom you associate.
Readers, go back up a paragraph and re-read. So Kirkmeyer was moderating (that’s a laugh) Lepore and Anadarko. What’s to moderate? There’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the three of them.
Let’s go up the power ladder to the state government. Who’s scarin’ who, Mr. Lepore? Lepore is director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and he takes his ideological marching orders only one degree removed from Colorado Governor Hickenlooper. Hick’s not called Frackenlooper for nuthin’.
Lepore must have had a wild hare up his backside at the “Summit.” Here’s what The Coloradoan had to say about Lepore’s ridiculous accusation:
“Colorado’s chief oil and gas regulator panned critics of fracking and local public officials trying to regulate the energy industry on Tuesday, saying they’re working hard to drive up the cost of home heating and cooling.”
“Working hard to drive upt the cost of home heating and cooling.” (Hmmm – maybe that wild hare was coming from rather than…)
Mr. Lepore, have you looked at the rush of applications for liquid natural gas terminals so that the industry can sell to the highest bidder overseas? I gather you have no problems with fracked gas penetrating the lungs of young and old and all in between.
But lest I give the impression that ALL elected officials (with their pals in the oil and gas industry) are out to trash Coloradans, I want to give a shout out to Councilman Gerry Horak of Fort Collins and Loveland Mayor Cecil Gutierrez, neither of whom were given a spot on the panel. Horak told the paper:
“I hear the opposition demonized,” he said, adding that demonizing concerned citizens is the easiest thing the industry can do to make themselves look foolish.
(You got that right, Mr. Horak!) And Guitierrez pointed out the obvious, that the “summit’s” fracking discussion was “unbalanced in favor of the industry.”
But there’s one more whopper in the newspaper’s story. Sit down for this one. When asked if anything was done to propagandize our kids (excuse me, I think they erroneously said “educate”) in order to improve the industry’s public relations, Anadarko’s Miller said, “We have to educate the youth and start there, and we also have to educate the general public as well,” he said. “Both of those programs need to start now. The industry is starting that.”
Kirkmeyer talked about “crap” and she was partially right, because it looks like everything that was said at their arrogantly named “summit” was just that — CRAP
I encourage every Coloradoan who reads this post and the article to spread the word widely. The public needs to know. And by the way, Colorado school districts, keep the industry out of the classroom no matter how much money they offer to buy your loyalty and dependence.