Our communities are divided by the fracking issue. However, there is a bigger issue: our climate crisis. Corporations are making the rich richer and in so doing are creating a warmer planet. The Maryland Department of the Environment is holding public meetings for citizens to voice our reactions to their recommendations for fracking regulations. Interesting that MDE sent out their "issue papers" the same day as the first hearing — so much for considered input ("Proposed rules to government fracking in Maryland draw criticism for environmentalists, energy industry," June 22). Now, the agency is putting us in a situation of negotiating for our own future, for clean water and air, healthy plants and a climate we can live in. We don't negotiate for our future, we demand it. We demand a healthy planet. We refuse to allow corporations to dictate to the state (or pay their way through campaign contributions and lobbying) and we insist that no regulations can prevent accidents, no regulations ensure adequate enforcement, no regulations ensure foolproof hydraulic fracturing.