Energy gets a bad rep

I would like to comment on all of the negative reports of our Oil and Gas or Energy Industry. There seems to be an impression that we must get rid of or severely curtail its operations. The energy industry provides us with transportation to and from work, it brings food to our grocery stores as well as providing the food itself we eat by providing the farmer energy to plant his/her fields and harvest their produce.

I would like to comment on all of the negative reports of our Oil & Gas or Energy Industry.

There seems to be an impression that we must get rid of or severely curtail its operations. The energy industry provides us with transportation to and from work, it brings food to our grocery stores as well as providing the food itself we eat by providing the farmer energy to plant his/her fields and harvest their produce.

Energy heats our homes in the winter and cools our homes in the summer, it provides the plastics we have become so accustom to both in our everyday lives as well as our everyday needs. Without energy there would be no automobiles, no newspapers, no paved roads, no air transportation, no electricity, in short no civilization as we know it today.

The Energy Industry is not, and has not been perfect, there is room for improvement, just as there has been a tremendous improvement in the industry over the last 100 years. As we progress and develop new technology so will the Energy Industry improve and develop new technology.

We need to realize that in order for our lives to improve we have to develop new ways to produce our energy and new ways to get it to market to the rest of the world at a reasonable price so all can afford it.

This is especially true when it comes to pipelines. It is the most affordable form of transportation using the least amount of energy and also the safest using today’s technology.

Will the Energy Industry make a profit, yes, with profit also comes progress and with progress comes a better living for all of us worldwide. When we deny the Energy Industry the right to expand we are only hurting ourselves with increased prices for our goods and services as well as the future of our country.

We are a global economy and it is our right and duty to expand what we have to make it available to the rest of the world.

I could continue but I think if we look at it, energy is here to stay, and if we want to maintain our standard of living we must use our resources to do this, and that includes increasing our energy output and developing new markets.

Energy is not a dirty word.

Terry Rollinson

Red Deer

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