Friday, July 20, 2012

Yes we have to talk about fracking (since everybody else is).

An interesting account on the Science Progress blog by  A. Briggle and J. Kincaid discusses public viewpoints on fracking. It points out that they seem to divide not on traditional conservative vs liberal axes but rather 'proactionary' (positive about technology) versus 'precautionary' (concerned about anticipating negative consequences).  This may be a bit simplistic, however. It seems to me that the real issue in fracking is not whether to do it or not (gas is better than coal), but how to make sure the business model of fracking includes the full cost of preventing or reversing the accompanying environmental consequences.

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