In "How America can be top energy producer" (Opinion, Dec. 20), Breitling Oil & Gas CEO Chris Faulkner advocates the easing of regulations on hydraulic fracking, the opening of offshore oil reserves to drilling and approval of the 2,000-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas to change our energy landscape and make the U.S. the world's energy leader.
Faulkner neglects to mention that it will also devastate our natural landscape. Fossil fuels can probably be developed without leaky pipelines, destroying our water supplies and spilling oil into our oceans, but the record is not good.
The remaining fossil fuels are becoming more difficult to extract, causing more damage to our landscape and air. Why put our precious money and labor into developing a diminishing resource?