Dr. Cline and EID offer extraordinarily weak expositions which contradict their premise, demonstrate an acute misunderstanding of their own industry and advocate for actions which are not considered “best practices” in the oil and gas field.
The Independent Petroleum Association of America IPAA is a “national association representing the thousands of independent crude oil and natural gas explorer/producers in the United States.” Their mission is to ensure “a strong, viable domestic oil and natural gas industry.”
When fracking moved closer to where people live, opposition grew based on the realities of impacts. IPAA developed an advertising campaign to attempt to “combat” regulation “especially with regard to hydraulic fracturing.” That advertising campaign is Energy In Depth. See IPAA memo or EID’s birth announcement.
Examples of advertising campaigns:
- Mr. Whipple was an advertising campaign for Charmin toilet paper.
- ( * ) is the cheeky advertising campaign for Preparation H hemorrhoid ointment.
- Joe Camel was an advertising campaign designed lure teens to smoke.
The comparison to Joe Camel is most applicable. Extreme energy extraction using fracking exposes humans and the environment to toxic and carcinogenic chemicals and harms health and the environment. The toxic emission from all stages of shale oil and gas extraction are similar to second-hand smoke. Like Joe Camel, EID camouflages the dangers and like the tobacco industry, EID misuses science. Some of the players from the tobacco industry are the same (more on that later).
Questions for Dr. Cline:
How low on the Ph.D. totem pole do you have to be to work for an advertising campaign that is tantamount to Joe Camel?
How low on the Ph.D. totem pole do you have to be to be compared to Spinal Tap’s Nigel Tufnel?
Yet another questioner asked about the conflict between Mr. Cline’s testimony on fracking “flowback” percentages last night, and related testimony earlier this month, helpfully explaining to Mr. Cline that 90% of 20% is not equal to 90%. This seemed to be beyond Mr. Cline’s grasp. You really felt for him—he sounded like Spın̈al Tap’s Nigel Tufnel: “These go to eleven!”
Natural Gas Drilling: A Discussion at Keuka College
Panelists included Dr. Scott Cline and Dr. Tony Ingraffea. Keuka College, July 26, 2011 (7:30)
What happens when the Joe Camel Ph.D. is invited to again debate the renowned scholar?
Dr. Cline and Dr. Ingraffea were to debate in Torrey NY last Thursday, but Dr. Cline was a no-show.
What happens when a Joe Camel Ph.D. does not understand how science works?
This is not how science works and is something that even a political scientist understands.
Science has not proved fracking to be always safe From Dr Mark A. Wolfgram
I think the only logical answer to these questions is this: Dr. Cline is Joe Camel.
For more references on Energy in Depth and the “GAS”roots see the “GAS”roots exposed trifecta.