Wow is one word to describe it. I went with a group of folks and two of my boys to a meeting on fracking last night. Here in North Carolina, fracking is illegal. 70% of people from NC want fracking to be made legal.
The report on fracking came out (it is over 400 pages) and there are meetings so the public can voice their opinions. Last night was a great introduction for my boys to the elite left who think they are smarter than the general public and don't have to follow rules. They have another meeting in Chapel Hill next week and a lady from Chapel Hill drove all the way to Sanford to speak-- guess she didn't think about her carbon footprint.
The highlights of the report were given by DENR. They asked that public comments be kept to 2 minutes or less. Anything longer that that, they asked that it be submitted in writing to them to look over. Several people spoke, then the first liberal got up.... and kept talking. After 9 or 10 of them continued to break the time limit by 6, 7, 8 minutes, I reminded the crowd of the 2 minute time limit. The conservatives stuck to the limits-- maybe going over 20 seconds or so.
There were police all around-- at least 15-20 of them. This one liberal PhD UCLA guy got up and kept going on for over ten minutes. The panel leader asked him to stop, and he kept going. Finally, the police came up to him and he asked for one more minute! I think most people tuned him out because he started off his tirade with telling the panel they were morons and added that the people gathered were stupid, too. Someone needs to give him a lesson in communication. When you tell your "audience" they are stupid, they tend not to listen.
No one is moving quickly, the report from the government said they have lots of things to look into, regulations and water testing, etc, etc.... it will probably take years for them to move forward with ANYTHING. They want all sorts of things to be done....along with more studies.
One lady complained that North Carolina would not benefit, that they would be exporting it and making money. M said, "Oh, we wouldn't want to make money!" One kid who seemed to be about 20 and on drugs stood up to speak. He said, "There's a lot of people here." Astute observation.
The only people going over the time limit or being threatened with police removal were from the left. Very interesting, indeed. I guess they feel what they have to say is more important than what anyone else has to say. Mind boggling.