Freezing in the dark

Reporters see an endless flow of press releases. Some are vital, many are at least helpful, but a few are what my British friends might colorfully describe as "pig-ignorant." In early January, consumer advocate Public Citizen issued a claim that there is no need for additional drilling for oil and gas in the US because—gasp!—last year the US became a net exporter of petroleum products. The industry's supposed motive was to hike domestic prices. This month the Sierra Club announced its objection to the export of US natural gas produced through the use of hydraulic fracturing. Club members claimed, strangely, "Liquefied natural gas is not only the dirtiest and most polluting ...

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