Click the image to the left for context. As we learn more on this complex issue, the enlightened position must be literally that–enlightened by fact. Sometimes sarcasm is an easier position, especially when the facts seem outrageous. But thankfully there are more and more facts to tone down sarcasm to a chiseled tool. Our ever-appreciated investigator shares some this week in her usual venue and as always her balanced-yet-urgent perspective probably is appreciated:
Every kind of energy extraction, of course, poses risks. Mountaintop-removal mining, as the name suggests, involves “removing” entire mountaintops, usually with explosives, to get at a layer of coal. Coal plants, meanwhile, produce almost twice the volume of greenhouse gases as natural-gas plants per unit of energy generated. In the end, the best case to be made for fracking is that much of what is already being done is probably even worse.