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Video: biologist Sandra Steingraber and economist Janette Barth debate fracking proponents

December 28, 2011

Economist Janette Barth and biologist, ecologist, mother, author and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber debate fracking industry advocates, making cogent points. Steingraber argues, “We can create jobs that don’t kill people… This industry is lethal. It’s linked to asthma, to breast cancer, to smog… you have chemicals like toluene, which is a reproductive toxicant which can extinguish human pregnancies… a new study links benzene and breast cancer… ground level ozone causes inflammation of the lungs… There’s no case where we’ve done fracking anywhere in the U.S. where we don’t have serious air pollution.” She continues, “As a mother of a child with asthma… what I hear mothers in upstate New York say is not, ‘I can’t wait for fracking to come,’ but instead, ‘If fracking starts, I’m leaving,'” — describing the growing phenomenon of environmental refugees.–inside-city-hall-debates-hydrofracking

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This debate is “a matter of human rights,” as Steingraber says clearly. And the oil and gas industry, far from creating massive numbers of jobs, is ten times more capital intensive than renewable energy industries, while destroying thriving industries from winemaking to tourism, according to Janette Barth.  “The fatality rate for the oil and gas industry exceeds that for police officers… We can create jobs that don’t kill people,” concludes Steingraber.

But don’t take it from me: please watch it yourself and share it. Here’s the official description from New York One:

NY1 VIDEO: Inside City Hall’s Errol Louis discusses the issue of hydrofracking in New York with two supporters of the drilling—Arthur “Jerry” Kremer, a former state assemblyman who is with the New York Affordable Reliable Electricity Alliance, and Ross Pepe, president of the Construction Industry Council and Building Contractors Association—and two opponents: ecologist and author Sandra Steingraber and economist Jannette Barth of J.M. Barth and Associates. Watch it at this link:–inside-city-hall-debates-hydrofracking

One Comment
  1. December 28, 2011 6:12 pm

    thanks, for these two, caring, knowledgable women sounding the alarm as the male-dominated industry continues to frack the planet–

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