Anti-Fracking Activists Heckle, Badger, Shout Down Local Elected Officials in Lafayette, Colo.

By Aileen Yeung Just one week after local residents concerned about oil and natural gas development in Broomfield articulated their reservations calmly and constructively before a city council meeting, anti-fracking activists heckled and jeered their way through a similar meeting in neighboring Lafayette on Tuesday. The stark contrast in the way the subject was approached and discussed reveals exactly what goes wrong when activists are given loud voice: They stir up controversy, create divisions, provoke conflict – and do all they can to derail good-faith conversations about oil and natural gas development as part of pushing their anti-fossil fuel agenda.
On Tuesday evening, the

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