Okay, for those of you who love the idea of oil and gas drilling...you know, the Drill Baby, Drill, shrill...please do not read this.
For the rest of you, please read on.
I read a rather disturbing reply by Joe Nocera regarding comments made on his previous opinion in The New York Times. Well, at first I thought that he was just uneducated on the matter of natural gas fracking...but it turns out that he is Picken's lackey. Please tell me you have not forgotten T. Boone Pickens.
What caught my eye about Nocera's opinion was this line:
In Texas and Oklahoma, it has been used for decades, with nobody complaining much about environmental degradation.
Really? NOBODY has complained MUCH? Well, I know for damn certain I have complained A LOT and I live in Texas.
Then, Mr. Informative lists the three main reasons and quickly dispels them without an ounce of back up or provided research.
fracking supposedly allows gas and dangerous chemicals to seep into the water supply. This is pretty implausible.
Well, if I remember correctly I just read an article about an EPA study concluding that fracking has contaminated drinking water. And you know what else? THE NEW YORK TIMES also reported on the same story! Hey, Joe? Do ya not read anything else besides your own bloated arrogant opinions?
The second problem is the disposal of the chemical waste.
Yeah, no kidding. This is a problem and no, Joe, they do not all bury it under the ground in spill proof containers, there are reports of it being dumped late at night off of county roads or kept in big open pits lined with plastic.
natural gas is dirtier than coal.
He quickly dismisses this as a biased opinion. What I find rather ironic (or maybe moronic) is that at the end of the article he then admits that there are problems with natural gas drilling and fracking the Shale, but that with best drilling practices and with strong state regulation (bahahaha, snort, choke...ouch) we, America (covers heart and sheds a tear) can finally end our dependence on foreign oil...and his cliched rhetoric doesn't stop there...
while diminishing the strategic importance of the Middle East, where American soldiers continue to die.
Of course, I wanted to leave my comment on his article, but due to the outpouring of outrage about his uniformed ignorant rant...he is no longer accepting comments.