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Reject fracking, tax

| Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, 9:00 p.m.

As governor, can Tom Wolf have his cake and eat it, too? Should he try to solve the state's fiscal problems with a severance tax on the fracked gas industry? The answer is “no.”

Hundreds of Pennsylvanians will be at Wolf's inauguration in Harrisburg today to deliver a resounding “no” to his dangerous plan to tie the state's budget and the commonwealth's economic health to a boom-and-bust industry.

Hundreds of Pennsylvanians will say “not one more sacrifice zone” on behalf of thousands whose quality of life has been ruined or under great threat from the encroachment of an industry leaving behind a legacy of pollution surpassing that of the coal industry. Hundreds of Pennsylvanians who love the forests and farmlands of this great state will ask the new governor to defend these vital resources — not with better regulation but with a halt to further drilling. Hundreds of forward-thinking Pennsylvanians will urge the new governor to say “yes” to clean, renewable energy and increased efficiency as powerful drivers of good jobs and safe communities in this commonwealth.

Carol Cutler

North Huntingdon

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