A recent hearing resulted in further regulations being imposed on the natural gas industry’s intention to follow through with fracking the earths crust for energy while simultaneously poisoning the water supply and damaging neighborhoods. This news, combined with the recent executive order banning fracking for half a year by Gov. Hickenlooper from Colorado, serves to show how opposed the American public is to fracking for natural gas.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported weekly deaths by age in 122 cities, which represents about 25 to 35 percent of the population total. Deaths rose 4.46 percent from 2010 to 2011 in the 14 weeks after the arrival of Japanese fallout, compared with a 2.34 percent increase in the prior 14 weeks. The number of infant deaths after Fukushima rose 1.80 percent, compared with a previous 8.37 percent decrease. Projecting these figures for the entire United States yields 13,983 total deaths and 822 infant deaths in excess of the expected numbers. An updated analysis using the entire year 2011 raised the excess deaths to 21,851.
By contrast to nuclear tests that prolong the release of radioisotopes by dispersion into the stratosphere, emissions from nuclear power plants are dispersed at low atmospheric levels, brought down by rain and snow in a matter of days to weeks. Every nuclear power plant releases a number of isotopes, whether it is operating “normally” or melting down. These include Sr-90, Cs-137, I-131, argon, krypton, xenon and barium, taken up by animals, plants and humans.
The epidemic increase in childhood and adult cancer has occurred since World War II, when both chemical and radiological pollution spread over the world. Half a century later, there is no longer any doubt that radioisotopes in concert with industrial chemicals have caused this epidemic.
All forms of cancer can be induced by radiation. The incidence increases with cumulative dose, and younger aged individuals – human, animals and plants alike – are more sensitive to ionizing radiation than adults. It is not only cancer that is of concern, but genetic damage, birth defects, over-all health and loss of intellectual capacity, the latter absolutely essential for survival. In Belarus, only 20 percent of children are considered well by official standards since the Chernobyl catastrophe.
With many Congressman and special interest in the United States attacking the green energy cause it is often difficult to find big name supporters to help spread the message. Well lucky for the sustainability movement that one of the largest oil exporting nations in the world, Saudi Arabia, recently declared 2012 the year of renewable energy.
Dryden, NY, a town with less than 15,000 residents were able to band together and reverse legislation allowing fracking in their city limits. The law was upheld in the face of serious opposition from multi-billion dollar energy company Anschutz Exploration Corporation. So cheers to a victory for preserving our environment!
|—||Truth. There are plenty of options on the table to ween ourselves from fossil fuels. The push for natural gas via fracking methods is only another step towards ruining our environment. People need to realize protecting the environment is not simply an environmental cause. Our economy, infrastructure, and national security depend on a stable environment with healthy water and earth. Keep on spreading the word! Anarchism and the Peak Oil Argument, Terry S (via rooftopsedge)|
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