The domestic drilling backlash
From New York to Texas, energy companies have come under fire as natural gas drilling gets close to big cities.
Ahm… Does this sound like Environmental Justice to you? It sure sounds like it to me.
And energy companies, accustomed to dealing with rural populations familiar with drilling and eager for jobs and lease royalties, are increasingly finding themselves at odds with a more educated and wealthy populace wary of energy development.
I’m glad to see CNN picking up the story but I’m not happy that they repeated the mind virus industry has injected into the American brain.
In the age of global warming, natural gas as an energy source is gaining favor. Burned to generate electricity, it emits about half as much pollution as coal.
When considered cradle to grave, and counting all the “incidents” where methane shoots into the atmosphere for days and days on end, the fugitive emissions, the massive amounts of solid and liquid waste, I’m betting that n. gas and coal would be in a tight race for which one is dirtier.