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November 26, 2014
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Enough with the Park Foundation nonsense already


But perhaps the other “left-wing fringe groups” (EID’s phrase) funded by the foundation betray more sinister goals? Well, a list is publicly available (tinyurl.com/6vggccp), and here are a few: Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca, United Way of Tomkins County, Humane Society of the United States and the National Gallery of Art.

Oh, the horror.

Somehow, the Rockefellers also seem to have gotten dragged into the conspiracy—apparently there is a family connection between the Rockefellers and John Adams of the National Resource Defense Council, a recipient of Park money. It seems the “Adams-Rockefeller orbit” lies at the heart of the supposed back-room anti-gas-drilling syndicate.

And? The Rockefellers—a Republican dynasty dating to the day when the GOP followed in the footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt rather than Rush Limbaugh—have been famed philanthropists for generations, with major beneficiaries as diverse as the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Colonial Williamsburg, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital, Palisades Parkway and the American Farmland Trust.

Oooooh, that Rockefeller money is scary.

Admittedly, the Rockefeller fortune originated with John D., as ruthless a rogue as ever graced the corridors of the Gilded Age, who built up his company Standard Oil (note the irony), using methods that were, to put it kindly, ethically questionable. But EID Marcellus scarcely seems inclined to think present-day money can be evaluated in terms of its ancestry; on the contrary, a recent post laments that the wealth amassed by the “hard-working honorable first generation” of Parks has lost its virtue, being passed on to the “spoiled” second and third generations, who squander it on environmentalists.

If you think we’ve wandered pretty far afield from the topic of natural gas drilling, we agree.

The Park Foundation Conspiracy, in the end, boils down to nothing more than the fact that the Park Foundation funds opponents of hydro-fracking, while EID supports hydro-fracking. Disseminating the talking point that we should follow the money back to the Park Foundation, as though it takes us to some den of iniquity, merely creates a cloud of senseless suspicion that demonizes those who oppose gas drilling by tying them around the neck of a scapegoat, rather than addressing their arguments in the court of reason.

Dear Editors

Just take a walk over to TRR's news article about the Poll on shale/frac'ing/drilling, to see an anonymous poster who hides behind a Virginian, "founding father", name, to see him rant against the Park Foundation, calling "it's" views, "elitist and narrow minded", and, calling Cornell University, a "bastion of buffoonery", with no further explanation or reason. This would seem to be the poor fellow's feelings about higher education in general, but, especially,when the professors oppose shale drilling and frac'ing. I also think back to the way he ALWAYS attacks Janette Barth, in that same, sophmoric, manner.

EID folks like Tom Shepstone, ALWAYS seem to be pandering to the low brow, taking every opportunity to stoop to mini mock their opposition. A recent example by Mr. Shepstone was when he referred to The Delaware Riverkeeper Network, if I remember correctly, as "The Delaware RiverCreeper". Think of how they write about Jim Northrup, Helen and David Slottje, the Delaware River Basin Commission, and anyone who successfully stands up to them.

Even our PADEP Secretary Krancer, without provocation, compared the State of Delaware to the "tail of a dog", and said it even smelled like a "tail of a dog". He was never held accountable for this outburst.

What a bunch of enlightened adults.