Arguments by Mike Zagata (The Daily Star, Aug. 31) present lessons in the gas industry’s flexibility with “truth.” He tells of government energy projects that “fizzled” and left the taxpayers footing the bill — neglecting to mention that those same projects laid the groundwork for the technology known as fracking. Zagata cherry-picks 30 years of recent history, half-truth at most and certainly deceptive and purposefully misleading.
Zagata invokes free markets: low-cost energy suppliers should prevail. If fossils were taxed just for the cost of protecting our coastal cities from the rising oceans (which they have brought upon us), they would not be competitive. If Zagata wants honest competition, he and his ilk should start by paying for the pollution they cause.
Zagata salts his misdirections with a few grains of genuine truth: “… if we no longer drilled for and produced oil and gas our lifestyles would change …” He lists many industrial uses for petroleum and natural gas that are essential to our modern lives, but then posits that all these essentials will be in jeopardy if we stop drilling for natural gas. In fact, all of those essentials are in jeopardy because the fossil fuel industries are burning up our finite resources of gas and oil. Developing alternative energy resources such as wind and solar preserves the raw materials needed for future generations.
Zagata pleads for “honest dialogue” and a focus on “how” to deal with pollution and climate change — he wants more of what has happened (and NOT happened) for decades. He wants us to believe that scientists don’t yet know what to do, when, to be completely honest, we know exactly what to do: as quickly as possible, stop using fossil carbons as fuels. To do that, we need to stop believing the fossil fools.