Written by Paul Whitaker on Pressconnects.com uest Viewpoint 4/19/2013
In his recent Guest Viewpoint, Phillip Kraft rebutted a piece written by Suzanne Messina in which she gave information about the reduction of U.S. carbon emissions.
The truth is, more than one government agency gave credit for the reduction of U.S. carbon emissions because we used natural gas in place of coal. Cheap natural gas is a factor for the U.S. carbon emission reduction being at its lowest rate since 1992 as we move away from dirty coal.
Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University; Roger Pielke Jr., a climate expert at the University of Colorado; a technical report from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department; and the U.S. Geological Society are just a few of the government and educational institutions that have publicly addressed these findings in separate reports. You would think this would be good news celebrated by all environmental groups afraid that carbon emissions are responsible for global warming, but that fact hurts those in New York who are against fracking.
For at least the last five years, many local and statewide anti-drilling activist groups have been blaming natural gas extraction techniques as well as leaking methane from production gas wells as a threat and a contributor to global warming because of increased carbon emissions. Recently, the...