Opinion: Important energy policies should be based on scientific fact

November 6, 2017

While star-struck Americans can freely choose to critique an actor, or movie or two, science fact-based minds can critique fact and evidence over emotion when it comes to various policies and procedures. I like Hulk movies just as much as the next person, but I also like home-grown energy and being able to power my life - my phone, home, office, vehicles, computers, air conditioning, heat, etc.

Most of us have recently experienced power outages due to storm damage. Only then do we get a brief glimpse of what it is like to entertain ourselves and our families while worrying about preserving fuel, food and water. Imagine living like that every day of our lives, not knowing when the electricity will work.

That being said, I don't know anyone, fuel industry included, who is against alternative energy sources such as solar and wind. Once cost and technology catch up, they just might be as viable as oil and natural gas. Maybe actor Mark Ruffalo, who recently spoke out in Tallahassee against fracking, can subsidize the difference for Florida in the meantime.

The ever-unpopular scientific process of hydraulic fracturing, also coined as "fracking," has been taking place for more than 65 years in our nation. Florida is not even a hot spot for hydraulic fracturing like Pennsylvania or Alaska. Additionally, all recent scientific studies show no negative effects on groundwater or land due to the highly methodological and safe process of hydraulic fracturing.

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