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You ran a letter titled “Ban dangerous fracking,” by Victor Reilly (Feb. 4). He read an article in a magazine and this, fortunately for his agenda, supports another attack on fracking.

Just a couple of points. He points out all of the methane produced that is so harmful to our atmosphere. I have news for Mr. Reilly: Cattle produce more methane through their flatulence than we get from fracking. What’s the solution to that? Ban all cattle?

Let’s ask the people where this is being done and ask them if they like working for a living. The unemployment rate in these areas is 70 percent below the reported national number for the United States, and this administration’s much-talked-up 6.7 percent jobless rate happens to be another of those conveniently political lies.

Mr. Reilly’s president talks about creating jobs which, when he decides to put numbers to it, is another lie. But at the same time he refuses to sign off on the Keystone XL pipeline, as one example. We are talking about a significant number of jobs on the line, not to mention all the peripheral jobs created because of it.

The coal industry is being targeted by the president and through the incredible regulations being heaped on the industry by the Environmental Protection Agency. Thousands of jobs are being lost. Another of those greenhouse gas issues? We are not too far away from seeing our utility bills rise by 60 percent. Who is going to like that?

Creating real jobs is the real issue and should be an action, not more political rhetoric. More jobs means growing the economy and more people off welfare. Maybe Mr. Reilly can share his thoughts on that.

Robert Patrick

McCormick, S.C.

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bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 02/11/14 - 11:49 pm
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Mr. Patrick, you are so right

Mr. Patrick, you are so right on everything you say. I just wish more people would listen to common sense and less to our dear President and all his puppets.

stuaby
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stuaby 02/12/14 - 12:20 am
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Rob, there are too many

Rob, there are too many people who have lost their minds in this country, for any of it to matter any more. Some of them post regularly here on the Augusta Chronicle's web site.

We have a president, and one political party, who have no idea, whatsoever, what to do, or even what it means even, to create wealth and jobs and opportunity. We passed up on a guy, in 2012, who understood capitalization, incentive, risk/reward, i.e., what it would take to get businesses moving (and hiring) in this country. We chose, instead, to keep the clueless lawyer at the helm, whose only strategy is to keep the class warfare rhetoric going.

Go and tend your garden. It's over. Just look at the sheer numbers of numbskulls who think that "the rich" are the problem, instead of politicians.

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deestafford 02/12/14 - 12:37 am
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Mr Partick, right on target. The US could be the largest...

energy producer in the world but it would reek havoc on the quest for power by the left. The "watermelon" environmental wackos (green on the outside and red on the inside) will do everything they can to knock America off the perch of the greatest country in history. Obama and his cabal are part of this movement as his actions and policies show.

As far as the Keystone Pipeline goes, he has be dilly dallying with it for almost five years. We built the Empire State Building in 14 months! Talk about incompetency! Wait. It may not be incompetency after all. It could be part of an over arching plan to take America down a notch as someone mentioned on an apology tour in 2009.

Augz79
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Augz79 02/12/14 - 01:47 pm
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sheeple sheeple

sheeple sheeple

carcraft
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carcraft 02/12/14 - 07:36 am
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About 30 years ago I drilled

About 30 years ago I drilled some water wells on the Crow Indian reservation and we hit natural gas. There are natural fissures in the earth where gas moves NATURALLY. There have been some good longitudinal studies that have found no contamination from fracking . Gee, MIGHT cause earth quakes? Lets just use windmills what could be wrong with that? Well windmills might kill birds of prey! Oops they do kill birds of prey, some endangered. Windmills might be unreliable! Ooops they are unreliable that is why Germany is abandoning them because they are unreliable. Nuclear power plants are great except they might melt down! Ooops they do melt down, In Russian , Japan and three mile Island. I know lets use oil and natural gas, well I guess we are except they may cause earth quakes and pollution except that is all speculation and studies don't demonstrate it. Or we can burn wood and pollute...yeh right!

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dichotomy 02/12/14 - 07:45 am
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The Democrats cannot create

The Democrats cannot create jobs because that means they would have to use Republican ideas to do so. Their ideology prevents them from doing that. Same thing with creating abundant energy.

Look at the crap they gave the governor of Wisconsin when he was battling the unions. When he took office Wisconsin had a $3 billion dollar deficit. Now Wisconsin has almost a $1 billion dollar surplus. And the Democrats won't talk about it.......crickets.

And the Republicans in North Carolina cut their unemployment benefits from 76 weeks back to 20 weeks. The business owners had been saying they had jobs open but nobody was taking them. After the unemployment benefits were cut back, all of a sudden people started taking those jobs and the unemployment rate dropped from 8.9% to 6.9% almost instantly. Gee, you mean if you quit handing out free stuff people will actually go back to work? It's a miracle! You won't see the Democrats talking about this one either.

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deestafford 02/12/14 - 08:13 am
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That flaming out of the water faucet...

That flaming out of the water faucet was occurring in those areas BEFORE the fracking started. Methane naturally occurs in the earth and the wells the people had drill released trapped pockets of methane.

It's amazing what one learns when they get their information from multiple sources.

teaparty
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teaparty 02/12/14 - 09:51 am
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deestafford, the
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deestafford, the liberals/progressives spread those lies to folks that are too ignorant to look up the facts.

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fedex227 02/12/14 - 10:09 am
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Energy independence?
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One country consuming almost 25% of all energy produced on the planet? It might take a while.

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Bizkit 02/12/14 - 10:15 am
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Less people working, less

Less people working, less GDP, less revenues for govt to tax so it's just bad fiscal policy and just another sacrifice Obama is willing to make because of his sense of "fairness". Gosh so much of life makes methane from bacteria to humans-then we humans commit the heresy of producing carbon dioxide every time we exhale-and now scientist are trying to tell people carbon dioxide is a greenhouse "pollutant" that needs to be regulated. Wow any organism that "eats" breaks (so everything but plants and some protist) down that food to produce energy by cellular respiration-which produces the now highly toxic "pollutant" carbon dioxide. The obvious solution is to destroy all life because it produces methane and carbon dioxide-two pollutants by the Clean Air Act. All life is now "toxic" because life produces pollution.

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deestafford 02/12/14 - 10:29 am
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Granted we consume approximately 25% of the planet's...

Granted we consume approximately 25% of the planet's energy resources according to some estimates, but look at what we produce efficiently with that energy---the greatest economy in the world.

We have the most coal, the most natural gas, and close to, if not the most, the most oil in the world. If only, if only, we had a leader with the guts to exploit our God-given resources rather than cowtowing to a bunch of false environmental watermelons who want to downgrade the country.

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Bizkit 02/12/14 - 10:44 am
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Wow every time we go to

Wow every time we go to public places were are breathing second hand pollution from other people's carbon dioxide. We have to ban public assembly. Terrorist can use this as a defense: your honor I was standing my ground against the American infidel who was polluting my air-so I actually did a public service and reduced the carbon footprint. Should get off with no problem. Dang I missed my calling I should have been a lawyer. "Yes your honor I was battling gas warfare so I stood my ground to protect my life and that of my loved ones". Gosh I'm in tears.

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Bizkit 02/12/14 - 10:52 am
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America is a large country

America is a large country and can't be compared to smaller european countries (the size of our states) in economic structure. I think we need to do like the Matrix movie and use people as an energy source-specifically those on welfare getting a freebie. Nothing as high tech or insidious. Butt ,since they ain't working', a hose sticking' up their butt shouldn't be a problem for us to harness a renewable resource of methane for fuel. That way they offset their cost by selling back energy-like people with solar panels sale back excess to power companies. See those food stamps that feed them will then produce plenty of methane for us to harness and offset the cost-brilliant!!!!! Yes???? Hey I just realized because that gas isn't escaping into the environment it helps reduce the carbon footprint.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/12/14 - 11:03 am
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Obama could use his executive

Obama could use his executive privilege to plan drone attacks of specific areas of America to reduce the population and reduce the carbon footprint of America. It's man-made global warming-the problem is man making toxic pollution-the progressive logic of Obama then "begs the question" should we limit "man"? He is an ideologue who often laments allowing injustice and sacrifice for his goal of "fairness". And he could kill two birds with one stone-kill specifically Rep and reduce the carbon footprint-and a purge of about half the population. It could be an economic stimulus as new land will open up and a smaller population will vie for jobs and resources. This could be written as a "historic" great event that "saved" America and heroes will be made of all the dead who made the "great sacrifice". I use to think that was the fodder for Sci-fi novels.

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stuaby 02/12/14 - 11:05 am
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I suppose that I shouldn't be

I suppose that I shouldn't be so "down in the mouth" about the future of the U.S., but it's difficult for me not to.

When I played football/basketball in school, I became accustomed to the notion that everybody on the team understood the plays and defensive schemes, and worked together to try to win. 1/3 to 1/2 of the people in this country seem not to understand the basic team philosophy and seem to be hell-bent on causing turnovers and busted plays from their own team!

It makes it hard for me to feel optimistic about our chances of winning, if you will accept my metaphor here.

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Bizkit 02/12/14 - 11:37 am
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Stuaby, how naive, you and

Stuaby, how naive, you and your team didn't do anything it was all the viewers, staff, students, tax payers, etc that allowed you to have a team. See in progressive terms it isn't a team but the whole collective that is responsible and should share all the benefits like ownership, trophies, etc. Individual effort or productivity isn't the issue but the "collective". We need to reduce the discrimination of individual ownership so the collective has ownership=everyone is responsible so everyone deserves their fair share. Such is the ideology of our president-that of social justice. He couldn't have sat 20 years with his ole pastor and not be very conversant in social justice.

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stuaby 02/12/14 - 11:41 am
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stuaby
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stuaby 02/12/14 - 11:52 am
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Yes, comrade Bizkit, we

Yes, comrade Bizkit, we shouldn't have a Keystone pipeline. It would not be fair, because it would not be distributed evenly amongst the collective. Some, but not very many, would [gasp] become wealthy from it. Never mind the fact that very many would benefit in meaningful ways from it, after all.

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teaparty 02/12/14 - 12:22 pm
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"Such is the ideology of our
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"Such is the ideology of our president-that of social justice. He couldn't have sat 20 years with his ole pastor and not be very conversant in social justice."
Bizkit, don't forget he had at least 10 yrs when he was mentored by 'Frank' Marshall Davis. Davis was from Chicago and went to Hawaii to head up the communist party there that was started by the Soviets. Davis was racist, America hating and child molester. Davis was friends with a follow communist in Chicago named Vernon Jarrett. Jarrett was the father-in-law of Valerie Jarrett Obama's right hand man.

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localguy55 02/12/14 - 12:38 pm
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Augz79

Have not seen you before, and yet I can see that I have not missed anything. fire water and earthquakes, , , mmm....Oh look the sky is falling. . .Oh sorry , it's just sleeting outside....

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/12/14 - 01:57 pm
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Toot, toot, toot that Obama

Toot, toot, toot that Obama train can't be stalled or delayed like the post office:"NEITHER SNOW, NOR RAIN, NOR HEAT, NOR GLOOM OF NIGHT STAYS THESE COURIERS FROM THE SWIFT COMPLETION OF Obama implementing "his" vision of America no matter what Congress or anyone else says. Obama says no GOP initiative will prevent his law from enactment, but he the Grand Pooba Obama can unilaterally alter the implementation and enactment over 20 times-that's because he is so transparent (yes now everyone knows he is a liar and petty con artist) and because he work with others like those demon spawn racist Rep. who he trashes daily. Wow Obama is a president to really be proud of "integrity, honesty, morality, patriotic, war on terror" are words that don't exist in his vocabulary. He will known as the "Present President" as he leads from his behind-I mean from behind.

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RMSHEFF 02/12/14 - 03:05 pm
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Bizkit

Yes, Obama and the democrats depend on a dumbed down electorate and that is exactly what we have. If people actually knew his true vision for America he would have lost by a landslide in 2012. I think some are now waking up and the only question is will it be enough people and in time to elect someone who can turn things around. 2014 and 2016 will be the last chance for America.

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