For those of you who don’t read ClimateProgress, sometimes it surprises — and worries — me.
One such disturbing post is this, which reveals that in Pennsylvania, a state heavily invested in hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”), “The Pennsylvania Department of Health instructed its employees never to talk to residents who complained of negative health effects from fracking.”
Yes, you read that right. The Department of Health.
In other disturbing news, the post reports that “a Pennsylvania law makes it illegal for doctors to tell their patients which fracking chemicals are poisoning them.” Yes, you read that right too.
It’s bad enough that fossil-fuel companies put money ahead of human health. But we expect that from them. What we don’t expect is that lawmakers — elected representatives of the people — would not only permit some of these practices, they would support them with the force of law.
In other blog news, the Rabett has summed up what “the consensus” really is. Namely this:
Increasing CO2 in the atmosphere at current rates will increasingly cause bad things to happen. Over the next one to two hundred years this will lead to VERY BAD things happening.
Very bad things indeed.