Oil, gas is­sue not black and white

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Gor­don Hayes,

“Main­tain Colorado’s rea­soned ap­proach to en­ergy,” Dec. 20 guest com­men­tary.

I just read Vi­tal for Colorado chair Peter Moore’s com­men­tary on oil and gas de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing frack­ing, in Colorado. Al­though I do have con­cerns about frack­ing, I wel­come op­por­tu­ni­ties to hear all view­points on the sub­ject. I be­lieve that Mr. Moore missed an op­por­tu­nity to ed­ify me and other read­ers by vil­i­fy­ing those who op­pose his po­si­tion while mak­ing his po­si­tion seem heroic.

Ex­am­ples of vil­i­fi­ca­tion: “fringe en­vi­ron­men­tal groups,” “band of ex­treme voices,” “nar­row agenda,” “flooded the com­mu­nity with smears and de­ceit,” to men­tion a few. His po­si­tion: “forces of com­mon sense,” “pushed back against these harm­ful pro­pos­als,” “re­spon­si­ble en­ergy de­vel­op­ment,” “de­feat of anti-frack­ing ex­trem­ists.”

These is­sues are not black and white. Rather than ben­e­fit from an in­tel­li­gent es­say read­ers were treated to “We are com­pletely right while you are com­pletely wrong.” There is al­ready too much of that at­ti­tude in this coun­try.

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