Mind you, watching him lose his cool is pretty funny
Blackwhite wrote:Waah waah waah, cry away little boy. Jesus, it's pitiful...
My, what superhuman powers you must have to know the emotions of someone behind an internet screen on the other side of the world.
There is however a pleasing coming together of different interest groups at Balcombe and places like it, that gives me hope for civil disobedience in this country. Building consensus is essential, and this place (retardarino notwithstanding) seems to mirror what I hear elsewhere.
See you on the barricades then brothers...
I'll be the one laughing at the idea that the fact I don't want my brother's well poisoned is driven by jealousy
Returning to the debate, I've already acknowledged that there are some with genuine environmental concerns and these should be addressed. Legitimate concerns should be capable of remedy through scientists, Government and the industry working together to improve environmental standards and regulations. For example, some of the water contamination cases that have been identified have been due to wells not being properly sealed and this is easily preventable.
We should, however, keep this in perspective. The Massachussettes Institute of Technology (MIT) published a report in 2011 showing that only a handful of the 20,000 wells drilled in the previous ten years had been contaminated. http://mitei.mit.edu/publications/repor ... atural-gas
It's also worth noting that methane leaks naturally into the water supply making it difficult to distinguish between contamination occurring naturally and that caused by fracking. I think from memory the link you posted at the start of the thread confirmed this.
We also need to keep in mind the bigger picture and the relative environmental impact. Energy from shale gas creates less carbon emissions than energy from coal - and less environmental risk than nuclear energy. So, by all means strive to make fracking even safer but to dismiss it out of hand may harm the environment more whilst losing the opportunity for greater economic prosperity through cheaper energy.
There will be no end to the problems afflicting mankind until economists become rulers, or, by some miracle, rulers become economists.