Here’s the thing: the products moved by the members of this industry are only valuable because they are volatile. In the ground, oil and gas represent potential energy. When they burn, they power modern civilization.

From a Kentucky newspaper: “Houston-based energy giant Kinder Morgan has officially asked to cancel their plans to convert a more than 70-year-old, 2-ft diameter pipeline from natural gas service to transport of hazardous natural gas liquids (NGLs).”

Park the word “hazardous” near the words “energy giant” and what is the connotation? Evil. In this context, inserting the word “hazardous” is unnecessary and serves only to imply that the inherent acceptable risk in an activity is, in fact, unacceptable. (See natural gas, fracked).

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