04 Aug '12, 7pm

Texas health official explains flawed analysis in fracking foes' Barnett cancer assertions:

Your recent blog compares and contrasts the claims made by industry-funded reports on the risks of fracking with those made by academic scientists who speak about their data in advance of publication. In so doing, you imply there is an equivalency of bias or motivation. There is not. Polluting industries have long ministered to their particular public relations problems and sought to delay regulatory action (or outright prohibition) by underwriting studies and reports — and sometimes entire university-based institutes. The resulting publications almost never find serious evidence for harm. In the field of environmental health, we refer to these efforts as “cigarette science.” Throughout several decades of the 20th century, for example, the lead paint industry funded researchers to investigate the effect of their product on the brain development of children. Not surprisingl...

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