I've liked a lot about John Hazlehurst's thinking over the years, but it's never been a case of seeing 100% eye to eye. This column makes it official: John is an old-timer. His use of the term "economic stagnation" reveals he isn't as hip as he might like to be. The world has entered a new era; we're seeing the end of ever-expanding economies. There is just no more planet to plunder. So the idea that we are standing still if we aren't building something is just so yesterday.
Someone should have told us that the ransom we paid to keep the USOC in town was just a down payment. If we believe what John is telling us, we are already being threatened with USOC departure if we don't ante up again - and so soon! It feels like a sequel to Goodfellas. And it's pretty hard to have a return on investment at this rate.
Now, I think the Olympic museum is a great idea. But if it's a ransom payment, no thank you. And if a retired widow trying to decide between medicine and heat has to subsidize it with her tax dollars, no thank you. There has to be another way.
And a publicily subsidized stadium for a professional sports team? This is the one time I might be glad to live in a city so tax-averse. Not just no, but hell no! It will never happen if the public has to provide a penny.
C'mon, John, you know this scheme was cooked up by dinosaurs to enrich land speculators and developers. We can do better. We don't need to swallow this lousy deal just because you think a city that's not pouring more concrete is not a successful city. That is yesterday's metric.
I love this city. I want it to be a wonderful place to live. But I'm a naysayer on this, because it was cooked up with yesterday's recipes.
Thanks for sharing this news, Gracie. We have hundreds signed up already to join this global event!
Vic Furman, if anyone asks you for a good fracking joke, just say "Fracknation." That film is a joke. The only scientific community that isn't taking a hard look at the mounting evidence that fracking cannot be done safely, is the community practicing the science of industry spin. Don't get your information from the industry spin doctors, Vic.
Some valid points made above, but I'd like to remind the commenters that this blog was written by the Film and Food Editor. The same one who did a good interview with Fox in this week's Independent. But I suppose since he did post the industry's toxic emissions, he opened himself up a little for this criticism!
Thanks for the excellent coverage of last night's event, and for the interesting textbook example of how the industry spins the story just enough to cast some doubt on the truths in Gasland and Gasland 2. If you look hard at the industry's story, it is not particularly fact-filled. If the industry had a strong case to make for the safety of drilling and fracking, they would not keep trotting out the same tired, deceptive talking points. Unfortunately for them, that's all they've got.
Gasland 2 did a decent job of explaining why the oil and gas industry is getting away with the deception and keeping regulators from doing what they will ultimately do, when the truth is just too loud and obvious to ignore any longer.
It's great to see considerable space and time devoted to such an important issue. I expect we may fill the 1150 seats at Thursday's free screening at UCCS!
Utilities has strict rules about what can be done with the water it provides. It must be allowed to flow back into the system. Fracking takes water out of the system permanently, so it will be very interesting to see how Utilities gets around this.
Also, I smell spin. That looks like an intentionally low estimate of the number of wells.
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