On Feb. 24, the Aiken Standard published a column on the opinions page by Susan Corbbett of the South Carolina Sierra Club. The column enumerated a long list of evils of the United States’ oil and gas industry. She recommended the industry be eliminated in totality. Wow, this is really bright. She must use resources from this industry to provide electricity in her home.

I wonder if she rides a bicycle to work? If the industry were eliminated today, hundreds of thousands of people would be out of work and added to the already long lines of unemployment. If all the automobiles in the U.S. today could magically be converted to battery operations, the drain on our electrical power grid would be catastrophic.

The Standard also ran an op-ed by an English professor in Texas who heard on CNN that fracking, a process of introducing water and chemicals into shale oil formations, is causing earthquakes in north Texas. As someone recently pointed out in TalkBack, we had two earthquakes in our area recently and they wondered if someone was using fracking techniques here. Just because CNN says fracking causes earthquakes doesn’t make it reality.

A local resident also wrote a letter to the editor to the Aiken Standard recently, and he said fracking is causing methane gas to leak from certain gas wells. He found some obscure government report that suggested such and he recommended all fracking be banned. Cattle produce much more methane gas than the oil and gas industry, so should we ban milk products and beef from our markets?

The oil and gas industry in the U.S. is rapidly making us free of foreign oil and helping us be in a position where we can export products soon. This will increase jobs and allow us to reduce our negative balance of payments position.

This is a vibrant and important element of our economy. Calling for the elimination or restrictions of oil and gas production is ridiculous and unfounded. I like my heat, air conditioning and automobiles. A vast majority of citizens do, too.

John Oakland