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Fractivists have no sense of humor, of course, but a recent episode illustrates just how far they’ll take their neurosis; over the edge into the abyss.
I have yet to meet a fractivist or radical environmentalist with a sense of humor. The truly committed ones take themselves so, so seriously. They assume they’ve cornered the market on morality, ethics and everything else that matters. They imagine anyone who disagrees is evil and have perfected the art of condescension. They’re also prone to exaggeration. Readers who’ve dealt with any number of them know exactly what I mean.
Yet, a recent episode truly takes the cake; serving to demonstrate every characteristic of fractivists at once. It involves an innocuous comment, made in humor by a Range Resources employee at a Pennsylvania Bar Institute Environmental Law Forum that took place earlier this month in Harrisburg. The event was keynoted by Pennsylvania DEP Secretary John Quigley and attended by attorneys, academics, industry representatives, other professionals and environmental activists, among others. A casual off-hand comment made by Range’s Terry Bossert in a session titled “Environmental Issues Facing the Oil and Gas Industry” has been elevated to “Tempest in a Teapot” status by fractivists intent on creating what they would have us all imagine is a serious issue. It’s not.