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Energy equation changing Nov. 25

Shale stakes high

Whether natural gas from shale is used as a bridge to sustainability or as a detour away from renewable energy depends on whether we heed our history. The oil crisis of the 1980s presented us with the same opportunity and we squandered it. But there are additional problems this time around. Fracking by unscrupulous drillers is poisoning the water we drink and polluting the air we breathe.

New regulations are needed to protect public health. Compliance with new regulations could raise the price of natural gas, but not regulating could dramatically impact health care costs.

If our elected representatives hear only the "free speech" (money) of the "people" (corporations) we already know what the outcome will be. Ordinary citizens can make a difference by paying attention and acting promptly, which is in our best interest.

Thomas Eppes, Thonotosassa

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