January 03, 2013

Dr Anthony Ingraffea

If you do not know Dr Ingraffea yet, you have not followed the debate for the past few years on high volume hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking!   He is a scientist, researcher, teaching fellow at Cornell University, advocate for social justice, public speaker, Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering, president of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy, Inc. and most importantly a delightful person you can easily understand in this complicated issue.

Please read this excellent article:
Meet Anthony Ingraffea—From Industry Insider to Implacable Fracking Opponent
01-02-2013,  by Ellen Cantarow
Modern shale gas development is, in my opinion, reversing what nature has done over the last 400 million years or so. In shale gas development we’re releasing carbon that nature stored for all that time. For 400 million years nature has been storing carbon underground and in water, in the oceans. And now humans are coming along and releasing the carbon and in the process we have to take fresh water off the surface of the earth and sequester it underground. And we get it out by pumping water down. This is at a time in human existence when global warming from excess carbon dioxide and methane and water shortages are problems worldwide. To me that is Frankensteinian—a devilish, deadly process.

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