March 7, 2013

PAVLOV'S DOGS RESPOND TO THE BELL, NOT THE MEAT:

Fracktivists for Global Warming : How Celebrity NIMBYism Turned Environmentalism Against Natural Gas (Michael Shellenberger & Ted Nordhaus, 3/06/13, The Breakthrough)

Over the last year, celebrities such as Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Robert Redford, Mark Ruffalo, Mario Batali, Scarlett Johansson, Alec Baldwin, and Matt Damon have spoken out against the expansion of natural gas drilling. "Fracking kills," says Ono, who has a country home in New York. "It threatens the air we breathe," says Redford. 

In fact, "gas provides a very substantial health benefit in reducing air pollution," according to Daniel Schrag, director of Harvard University's Center for the Environment. There have been "tremendous health gains" from the coal-to-gas switch, MIT economist Michael Greenstone told The Associated Press. Indeed, air pollution in Pennsylvania has plummeted in recent years thanks to the coal-to-gas switch. "Honestly," added Greenstone, "the environmentalists need to hear it."

Fracktivism might be dismissed as so much celebrity self-involvement had it not reversed the national environmental movement's longstanding support of natural gas as a bridge to zero-carbon energy -- and kept shale drilling out of New York state. 

We're not talking about deep thinkers here.  They're reactionaries.
Posted by at March 7, 2013 9:30 PM
  

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