Fracking In Pennsylvania Trusted to Politicians?
December 08, 2011
Great, but alarming, article on fracking here:
Here are some of the highlights:
The natural gas industry gave $7,175,234 to Pennsylvania candidates and Political Action Committees (PACs) from 2000 through the end of 2010, according to a Common Cause/Pennsylvania (CCPA) analysis released today. $3,442,212 was donated to elected officials currently in office.
The top recipient remains Governor Tom Corbett, with a total $1,634,096 in contributions from the natural gas industry. Corbett raised $1,083,315 of that total in 2009-2010 from 216 donations. He is followed by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, with $293,333.
What if I gave you $1,634,096 with no strings attached? It would be a lie...there are always strings attached.
Did you ever wonder what our great great grandparents were thinking when they allowed our forests to be reduced to vast fields of stumps? Or what about our great grandparents, when the coal companies were destroying thousands of miles of eastern trout streams, forever? If we don't do our part to protect our rivers, streams, and wild fish today, someday our children and grandchildren will wonder the same things about us. We cannot cure present and future problems with the same failed, destructive practices of the past. We cannot bury our heads in the sand and say, "I just want to fish."