Seek energy independence

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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