Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Fracking Runs Texas Towns Out of Water

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Here's the thing: I can understand that we need new sources of energy, or at least new ways to get at energy. The stuff we have is finite, and before it is tapped out, we've got to figure out what to do. And we're torn between new technology that is still working out the kinks and expensive; or fossil fuels that are harder to get at than the stuff we're using. Short term, it makes sense to try to extract the stuff we already know how to use. But long-term, renewable energy makes a lot more sense, and doesn't damage the environment.

It's a tough question, and there's no denying that. But what floors me is the absolute rejection of science by conservatives. Or rather, the complete denial of any science contrary to their ideas. Global warming can't be real, because man couldn't possibly affect the climate. Really? Not even after pumping pollution into the air for 130 years, at ever increasing amounts? Fracking can't cause any damage to water sources, or cause earthquakes. Why the hell not? It seems to be happening! I don't understand how the conservative brain works.


Texas towns run out of water due to fracking

Put simply, there are towns in Texas where you turn on the tap, and nothing comes out for days. Why? Fracking. You knew this was going to happen, and you knew it was going to happen in the desert-like South and Southwest. And whether the God-fearing folks in rural Texas knew it or not, when they voted for all those Drill-Baby-Drill Republicans (and Democrats who seek power by imitating them), they voted themselves out of water. . .

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