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39. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 10, 2013, 15:45 jdreyer
Creston wrote on Jan 10, 2013, 15:00:
Verno wrote on Jan 10, 2013, 14:57:
As in wouldn't drink the local water nearby was the impression I got. Take it for what you will.

Yeah, like I said, I've seen accusations that it ruins the ground water, and tons of independent reviews saying it's made no measurable difference to the quality.

Who's right? Until I see irrefutable evidence to the contrary, I'm going to go with the people who actually live in that area and did research and said it's fine.


You keep mentioning these studies. Could you provide links?

"Everything is dirty" isn't an a good defense, since there are different levels of dirty. Right now, everyone is anti-nuke, but coal kills more people per year than nuclear ever did (although nuclear does have the POTENTIAL of killing thousands of people its just that catastrophic failures are rare). Wind isn't included in the list, but certainly wind has many times fewer deaths as a power source than coal, no (how DOES wind power kill people prematurely? Besides this, I mean)?

That being said, fracking is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

1. It's backed by big oil, which is one of the most powerful lobbies in the country and the richest industry in the world, so it will be hard to get politicians to go against it.

2. It's domestic, so it will be hard to get politicians to go against it.

3. The benefits are strong: natural gas is a much cleaner and more efficient fuel source for electrical production vs. coal, so there's an argument for switching to it short term to meet electrical needs while preventing pollution and global warming until even cleaner sources come online.
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