You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe



The faster we use nonrenewable energy, the sooner we’ll use it up

Why is it so hard for John E. Sununu and the drain-America-first crowd to understand that the faster we use petroleum, natural gas, or any other nonrenewable resource, the sooner we’ll use it up (“Best energy policy? None,” Op-ed, Dec. 10)? The scarcer these resources become, the more they cost.

Fracking, even ignoring its environmental effects — which those who like water for drinking and irrigation might not want to do — is only economically possible today because the price of petroleum is so high.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week