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Shale Bait

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorMay 12, 2011 8:33 AM


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I got something for everyone. New research confirms that natural gas drilling is polluting drinking water. Taking note of this and the previous commotion over the Cornell study, Ronald Baily at Reason harrumphs:

Environmentalists Were for Fracking Before They Were Against it

Whatever, says Matt Ridley. Shale is bountiful and cheap! Finally, Zeke Hausfather does a belated (but helpful) deep dive on the controversial Cornell study, and concludes that it

makes a useful contribution in raising the issue of additional fugitive emissions from shale gas. However, by highlighting the controversial statement that shale gas is worse than coal, and basing the statement on somewhat dubious assumptions, the paper probably contributes more to confusing the issue than to helping to clarify it.

Hey, I thought that was the media's job?

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