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Weigh all options in bid for energy independence One of my many favorite writers on Sunday’s opinion pages is Karen Cookson. Her last two [May 12 and March 24] articles were about the dangers of fracking for natural gas in Sharon Springs, as well as other locations in New York. I have driven through Sharon Springs, her hometown, and would feel the same way about possibly having the land disrupted by natural gas pipelines, coupled ...

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May 22, 2013
1:20 a.m.

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Vince Alescio:
There are a few things you might want to consider.
The United States could be energy independent simply by ceasing the export of our gas, and oil resources.
Namely, processed gasoline.
Currently, we are one of the largest EXPORTERS in the world.

Supporters of the Keystone pipeline for example, conveniently forget that every last drop that flows through it, is going to be exported, and the tragedies of the Oklahoma tornados, would have been greatly exacerbated had there been an oil pipeline running through there.
There is no upside for the American people when it comes to Keystone.

An increase in natural gas production would not have auto makers scurrying to convert.
You do know how long it takes to fill a vehicle with natural gas, right?
Not that it would matter, because all the gas created from fracking, was going to be exported anyway.

Energy companies have already stated that harvesting gas within our shores, will not lower your energy bills by a single penny.

May 22, 2013
7:45 a.m.

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Richard Alvarez,

So it is OK that the IRS can ask anyone with the tea party what church they go to?

May 22, 2013
1:18 p.m.

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Mr. Alvarez you are making some erroneous assumptions here. You assume these groups were chosen to prevent some backdoor effort to subvert the campaign law. If thats the case why was that not stated by the administration. Secondly the findings of abuse came from the Inspector Generals office an independent body within the framework of the checks and balances of government. Thirdly lets shift the numbers of the groups called for "special" attention versus those streamlined to approval and replace the Tea Party,Patriots with Green Energy,Free Palestine and I believe your opinion would be drastically different. The justice Dept. targeting journalists doesnt bother you? Now as for Benghazi lets make the ambassador or one of the dead former SEALS a loved one,and you know what Mr. Alvarez? That WOULD make a difference contrary to Hilary and this administration. Put down the Kool Aid and utilize some objective thinking.

May 22, 2013
2:29 p.m.

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Richard Alvarez,

Another low information City voter. An enemies list, misuse of domestic wiretaps, abuse of the first amendment, IRS corruption and lying about the Benghazi massacre that killed 4 Americans is okay? Shame on you. Stop being such a partisan fool. In Watergate no one died. No wonder Schenectady has the worst all Democratic elected officials in the State.

May 22, 2013
7:45 p.m.

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Re: The Energy Independence Letter - So you might be suggesting that drilling for more natural gas, that has become so plentiful because of that drilling – and the market cost decreases steadily, is a way to create wealth for people who “happen” to have that resource around them?

To be fair, as you suggest, why is it that the largest exported product by the USA is fuel? Do you think that is because the fuel producers in the USA want to sell their product at some cheap rate to Americans? Or do they want to sell it for maximum value to places that are willing to pay their asking price?

Regardless of the fuel product – natural gas, oil, gasoline - we need to divorce ourselves from those who’s only agenda is to take advantage of those of us who do not care about where we get our energy and don’t care what it costs.

May 23, 2013
5:32 a.m.
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