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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It seems that the scary number here locally is “5 million gallons of water” for a fracking process. Let’s look at that number. It takes 5 million gallons of water to grow five acres of corn for a season. Five million gallons of water are consumed by a 1,000-megawatt coal-fired power plant every 11 hours, and are consumed by a 1,000 megawatt nuclear power plant every 6 hours. Five million gallons of water are consumed by an average golf course every 37 days. These are continuously repeated activities.

It doesn’t always take 5 million gallons of water for a fracking process, but when it does, this activity only occurs a handful of times over the 40- to 50-year life of a gas well. Five million gallons of water to use for the fracking process to obtain clean burning, natural gas seems like quite a bargain for Garfield County.

How many of those reading this article like to walk over and turn on the light switch and have electric lights? How many like to turn the key on your automobile and have it start up and take you anywhere you want to drive? Or get on the bus and ride to your destination? How many of you like to play golf on that beautiful green golf course?

Here’s the big one. How many of you would like to see this nation become energy independent from foreign entities?

Everything should be viewed in perspective. Whenever you see a big, scary number, check it out.

Shirley Starr


Apoplectic: of a kind to cause or apparently cause stroke as in an apoplectic rage; also: greatly excited or angered as in “she was apoplectic over the news.”

Hegemony: the social, cultural, ideological, or economic influence exerted by a dominant group.

These are my new favorite words of the week. They perfectly define the GOP and the right’s feelings, and the cause of those feelings, after last Tuesday’s re-election of President Obama.

It has been quoted that the Romney camp was “shell shocked” by the election results. They were so confident in the outcome, Gov. Romney didn’t even bother to write a concession speech. Oops. Live by the bubble, die by the bubble.

The Fox Noise machine had been adamant about ignoring the polls, declaring that they were skewed by liberal media. The GOP and Fox’s internal polls were more accurate and reflected the true spirit of the electorate. The Romney team drank the Kool-Aid, as did all the loyal Fox viewers who are apoplectic about the actual truth: Obama wins. Again!

As Malkin, Coulter, Limbaugh, Rove, Morris, Barnes, Barone, Hannity, Huckabee, Cavuto et al. all trumpeted the demise of the Democrats, a funny thing happened. Romney listened to them, a majority of voters didn’t. Talk about hegemony.

The ironic thing is most of them, except Romney, now have four more years of job security slamming the Obama administration (except for Rove and Morris). Heck, it has made most of them rich. The Fox family of pundits will write more books and the Fox viewers will buy them.

Under-reported, but especially interesting to me was the effort put into the campaign by President Clinton. He spoke until he was hoarse, even on election eve. And where was President Bush in support of the Republican candidate? President George W. Bush was rubbing elbows with the global investing elite, including billionaire Richard Branson, at a conference in Romney’s favorite tax shelter, the Cayman Islands – as a keynote speaker.

I hate to say this was “rich” with irony, but no other word fits. Mitt can attend next year.

Craig S. Chisesi


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