Former EPA Asst Admin Calls Frack Ban Supporters “Irrational”

J Winston Porter
J Winston Porter

J. Winston Porter is a former assistant administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), appointed by and serving the great Ronald Reagan. Years ago Porter was a vice president at Bechtel, the world’s largest construction and civil engineering company. He also, at one time, owned his own engineering firm. But Porter has also served in the government and academe over the years. In addition to the EPA, Porter was manager of the environmental services department in San Francisco. He began his career as a professor in the chemistry department of the University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia in the mid-1960s. Porter is someone who’s been around and seen it all–from academe to government service to private industry. He has perspective. He has experience. He has wisdom. We spotted an editorial appearing in the Allentown (PA) Morning Call newspaper by Porter, an editorial in which he says a ban on fossil fuels, as is being called for by more extreme Democrats, would be a tragedy for Pennsylvania (and the rest of the country). He said that to “pretend that we could make a rapid transition away from fossil fuels is irrational.” Sound familiar? How many times have we stood on our soapbox to proclaim hatred of fossil fuels is irrational? Dozens, if not hundreds of times! Give Porter’s editorial a read, and learn something from someone who knows a thing or two about energy…

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