The Austin American Statesman printed my op ed today.
The case against fracking
By Sharon Wilson
SPECIAL TO THE AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Published: 5:35 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012
The bottom line:
Through slick advertising brought to us by Hill and Knowlton — the same public relations firm used by the tobacco industry to hook generations on cigarettes — the oil and gas industry has convinced Americans that fracked oil and gas is the answer to our energy needs. Americans who live with the reality of fracking know shale oil and gas are really just dirty, finite fossil fuels that neither address our long-term energy needs nor address climate change — and are damaging our health and the environment. A comprehensive energy policy would acknowledge the real problems with all fossil fuels and spark a transition towards energy efficiency and clean renewables like wind and solar power.
Natural gas is not clean, it’s not safe and it’s not the answer.
Here’s a nice quote for you to enjoy and ponder on this beautiful Sunday.
“The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.”
~ Albert Camus