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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