On June 28, 2012 the Pennsylvania Environmental Council honored former Gov. Tom Ridge with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Ridge’s acceptance speech is entitled “Turning US versus THEM, into WE, As Leaders In Sustainability”.
I would like to focus on one particular portion of Ridge’s speech:
“Some groups fear the development of the shale gas fields, or at least find a thrill in causing others to fear it. Some foreign nations, like France and Vermont, have even banned it. “
There are 3 points I would like to make
1. The use of “SOME” is a time worn tactic. Fox News is very good at using the terms SOME PEOPLE or SOME GROUPS, etc. to lump all into one pile. It’s a way to point a finger without specifically pointing a finger at any one individual or group.
2. “…finding a thrill in causing others to fear it.” Could the American Lung Association (ALA) be considered a part of “some groups” finding a thrill in causing fear of “dirty coal”, along with Chesapeake Energy? Chesapeake Energy, through its front group, the American Clean Skies Foundation, is a major donor and co-sponsor of the “Dirty Faces” campaign. I understand the American Lung Association’s concern with the use of coal is the health impact, and doubt they find any “thrills” in educating the public. I don’t know if Chesapeake Energy’s management or Board of Directors is “thrilled”.
I know of no groups, “some” or otherwise, which find a thrill in any aspect of the Natural Gas issue. What I have found are real people in real communities with real concerns who are trying to make real changes.
3. Vermont is not a foreign nation. I did check the news and the most recent maps of the United States and, yes, Vermont is still part of the United States of America and rumors to the contrary are unfounded.
I should also mention the Ridge Policy Group, funded by Ridge, was a lobbyist for the Marcellus Shale Coalition. Mark Campbell, and Mark Holman , both with the Ridge Policy Group are members of the Marcellus Shale Coalition.