28 Nov '14, 5pm

Fracking Risks Compared to Asbestos and Other Environmental and Health Dangers

Fracking Risks Compared to Asbestos and Other Environmental and Health Dangers

“History presents plenty of examples of innovation trajectories that later proved to be problematic—for instance, involving asbestos, benzene, thalidomide, dioxins, lead in petrol, tobacco, many pesticides, mercury, chlorine and endocrine-disrupting compounds, as well as CFCs, high-sulphur fuels and fossil fuels in general,” he writes. “In all these and many other cases, delayed recognition of adverse effects incurred not only serious environmental or health impacts, but massive expense and reductions in competitiveness for firms and economies persisting in the wrong path. Innovations reinforcing fossil fuel energy strategies—such as hydraulic fracturing—arguably offer a contemporary prospective example.”

Full article: http://ecowatch.com/2014/11/28/fracking-health-risks/

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