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Published: Thursday, June 27 2013 3:23 p.m. MDT

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Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Fracking definitely has problems that need to be addressed. And the reality is that inexpensive natural gas today is needed to (1) kill off coal and nuclear, which it is doing; and (2) facilitate wind and solar, which in smaller doses provide variable amounts of energy, and gas (which can be turned off and on quite readily) is needed to balance load with those resources. Clearly, the natural gas boom will usher in clean energy.

The medium term of America's energy will be primarily price-stable clean energy and natural gas. And what will kill off gas will be its inevitable increase in price as we burn through it all very quickly (think how we now are placing electricity, heating, agriculture, and now cars to draw from our gas supplies) over the next two decades, and storage and other measures replace natural gas's current "back up" capabilities for clean energy.

Renewable energy is booming now -- Iowa gets almost 25 percent of its electricity from wind, and solar is the cheapest its ever been, and it accounted for almost half of the new energy installed in the first quarter of 2013. Economies of scale will continue to see price decreases.

Oh, please!
Saint George, UT

This is monumental--The Sierra Club is at odds with a Democrat president. Get your food storage in, the end is near.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@Baron Scarpia

There are NO problems with fracking.

Fracking has been around and in use for many decades, and there has never been any problems.

Alternative energy sources are not ready for prime time, solar being the worst. it is very expensive and solar cells degrade after only only 2 years, solar only provides less than i percent of all energy

wind takes up a lot of land space and has a lot of time in low productivity.

Neither of these can replace coal and oil and natural gas, and provide energy as cheaply for the poor and the middle class.

using alternatives as the prime source now would drive the cost of energy up excessively hurting very painfully the poor and the middle class.

When we consider energy we MUST take into account the effects it has on the poor and the middle class,

Good ideas are not good if they hurt those they are intended to help.

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