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May 7, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Energy exports: Why not conserve resources for domestic consumption?

The Seattle Times article “Economists support more oil, natural-gas exports” [Business/Technology, April 29] led me to question the rationale of these economists when they advocate the export of raw natural resources on the basis of “help(ing) the economy, even if it meant higher fuel prices for consumers.”

I see that relatively few individuals and corporations would profit from this scenario and that fracking will, in the course of untimely depletion of nonrenewable resources, prove to be a huge environmental concern — in addition to the increased domestic rail traffic and pollution generated by the consuming countries.

If this country now has so much oil and gas, why not conserve these resources until they are needed for domestic consumption?

Bylund Wik, Renton

Comments | More in Energy | Topics: Bylund Wik, energy exports, fracking

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