I've just finished my first scan of the recently-released "Governor's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report".
Here's what initially came to mind.
And here's my second random reaction.
My outrage began to build on page 7 of the Executive Summary, paragraph 3. The opening sentence is intentionally structured to be interpreted like an FDA-regulated ingredients label; making one believe that the committee was most heavily-weighted with environmental members when - in fact - it was just the opposite. The token greenies were chosen last and least.
Although it will take some time to read the rest of the report, my initial takeaway is that the natural gas industry's investment in buying the last gubernatorial election in PA is paying significant - albeit very short-lived - dividends.
The EID-Marcellus crew are desperate people. They are playing catch-up, and they know it. As they are fueled and funded by the natural gas industry, nothing they have done to date - or will do going forward - will shock me. Their industry-standard "discredit, divide & conquer" strategy is older than I am.
What is shocking to me is the number of intelligent people that are getting sucked into playing their game. Don't you get it?This is what they want. Their playing field has no boundaries, and they write their own rules as they go along; all to their own benefit.
You cannot win a game with rules written on the fly by your "opponent" ( their choice of words - not mine ). Just by commenting, you validate to others that visit their blog that their drilling drooling drivel has any substance. Want to drive them out of their skins? Cut the comments to zero. No matter how enraged you become at what they write - or who they appear to be targeting - save your thoughts and reactions for the appropriate place and time.
Now, nowhere - I repeat - nowhere in the Susquehanna's recent "Most Endangered" designation by American Rivers was the Susquehanna named as the dirtiest river in the country. Nowhere. And yet, this little princess very deftly but deliberately twisted and portrayed the well-deserved designation to be something it was not. But, that's what she and her fellow teammates are paid to do. And to the uninformed, they do it very well.
After reading most of EID/NMI's posts, I liken them to pit bulls with no teeth. Or maybe chihuahuas. Or, perhaps, toy poodles with those cute little ribbons. Whatever. In the end, they follow the marching orders of the industry that funds them; to the page, paragraph and letter. Period. And if you don't see right through their message; you are as clueless as they are crafty. At my age, I've read just about every game plan out there, and their strategy is so laced with predictable chokepoints it's downright comical.
We're gonna have some fun with these newbies.
One final thought for the day: How is it that all this recent ruckus about Talisman Terry was posted on this blog over nine months ago? Could it be that I'm related to someone on the inside?
Up next: My opinion on the EID/NMI team and their modus operandi.