Good article. My thought exactly.
It is quite clear that the writer of this editorial did not adequately read the Popular Mechanics article. Here are some quotes directly from the article:
"There is no question that hydraulic fracturing uses a lot of water: It can take up to 7 million gallons to frack a single well, and at least 30 percent of that water is lost forever, after being trapped deep in the shale."
"And while there is some evidence that fracking has contributed to the depletion of water supplies in drought-stricken Texas..."
"The amount of water required to drill all 2916 of the Marcellus wells permitted in Pennsylvania in the first 11 months of 2010 would equal the amount of drinking water used by just one city, Pittsburgh, during the same period, says environmental engineering professor Jeanne VanBriesen, the study's lead author."
"The methane that escapes during the drilling process, and later as the fuel is shipped via pipelines, is a significant greenhouse gas."
"In the past two years alone, a series of surface spills, including two blowouts at wells operated by Chesapeake Energy and EOG Resources and a spill of 8000 gallons of fracking fluid at a site in Dimock, Pa., have contaminated groundwater in the Marcellus Shale region."
"Pavillion, Wyo., a remote town of 160 where high levels of chemicals linked to fracking have been found in groundwater supplies."
"In May, Pennsylvania officials fined Chesapeake Energy $1 million for contaminating the water supplies of 16 families in Bradford County."
"But even its most ardent supporters, men like T. Boone Pickens, concede that it should be a bridge fuel between more polluting fossil fuels and cleaner, renewable energy. In the meantime, the U.S. should continue to invest in solar and wind, conserve power and implement energy-efficient technology."
So, the NRA didn't exploit this tragedy by planting the fear factor in the general population? Gun sales have tripled since the Newtown shootings. That runs contradictory to what you would think that people would do.
If you really believe that Obama is exploiting this tragedy then you are being led around by the nose by an organization that represents 1.3% of the population yet controls Congress by keeping that scorecard (that nobody should care about). They spend $20 million dollars per year influencing your representatives. They rake in over $100 million/year in membership fees.
These people don't represent me. I am sick of the NRA.
Leaf, lkeithlu, and nucanuck all, of course, make a lot of sense. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lack of common sense in the local population.
I am not sure why Bennett portrayed the arrest of LaPierre. Except for the fact that the NRA continues to make some outlandish statements that seem to incite violence (one just has to look at the recent Tennessean James Yeager incident to see how the NRA position impacts fearful citizens) and they, oddly enough, keep a "scorecard" of how NRA friendly members of Congress actually are, I'm not sure what offense that he has committed that would warrant arrest.
Maybe the good guys see him as a terrorist. Hmmm...
Comcast is the best. Period. I can put up with an outage once every 6 months or so for upgrades. My brief (8 months) experience with the dish left me so frustrated that I abhor them now. It went out when the wind blew hard, when it rained, when the sun didn't shine right...whatever. And they claim to have a zillion channels but in reality, they have 100 that they play on 5 different places at the same time. So, in their mind, they have 500 channels. They didn't have some local channels and there was always some BS going on about not working out contract deals (like Viacom) and a large portion of programming would be off air. And, finally, they were WAY more expensive than the better service that I receive from Comcast. In my experience, hands down, Comcast is FAR superior to ANY dish service.
Good point onetinsoldier.
I'd say that, with the last two years of legislative inanity in Tennessee, Clay is right on target.
Interestingly enough, Ooltewah High School scored higher (19.9) on the composite ACT than East Hamilton (19.6) for 2011.
Looks like the statistics in the story weren't correct.