The Energy Treasures Beneath Our Feet
When we accept no risk in our own backyards, we have no right to expect it of those whose backyards have provided us with the gas we use to heat our homes, the electricity we use to drive our appliances, and the fuel we use to go to and fro. In all fairness, if we are not willing to accept this risk, we should turn out our lights, turn off our home entertainment centers, turn off our heat and learn how to scratch a basic existence out of our own backyards.
The Marcellus Shale and many other resources in this country can be mined responsibly, but none of it can be done completely without risk. There is neither progress nor freedom without risk. It is foolhardy to think that a life without risk is even possible. It is foolish to think that risk always favors the do-nothing position. The risk of doing nothing is the risk of poverty and stagnation. I think history will show that to be the greater risk.
The perfect world will be found in neither poverty nor prosperity. But one is better than the other. Prosperity will always be messy. There will always be accidents waiting to happen and unforeseen consequences. However, history shows — particularly the history of the United States — that more people live better lives when they are willing to take those risks and deal with the consequences as they occur."