Sunday, July 22, 2012

Josh Fox: Giving Ironic Hipsters Everywhere a Bad Name

The Associated Press ran a good article today citing the bad evidence on which many fracking critics are basing their objections.  Among the culprits is our favorite fictional documentarian Josh Fox, of Gasland fame, who has repeated an indefensible claim that breast cancer rates have spiked in the Barnett Shale region.  Public health authorities and breast cancer researchers have seen no such evidence but Fox is unrepentant.

Unfortunately, as with most contentious issues these days, there is little hope for middle ground on the fracking issue any time soon.  More likely, it will become less of an issue as people see no real negative impacts and tire of the battle.  It won't go away, but many of the foot soldiers will get bored and move on to the next perceived injustice.  That prediction my be my "famous last words" moment, but I'm sticking with it.

People, especially those with a profit motive like Josh Fox, will continue to stir the pot, but in the absence of real evidence, their arguments grow weaker by the day.  It's a good article - read it.

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