Fracking and air pollution with Caroline Cox, the Research Director for the Center for Environmental Health.
In cities choked by pollution and a world coming to grips with the realities of climate change, what future does coal really have?
Why has there been such a massive grassroots backlash against fracking? In this chapter, we’ll look at the evidence for fracking’s impacts on water, air, land, and climate. Reader warning: it ain’t pretty.
“I think what we’re standing for is something that no longer exists…” says Nielle, “beautiful, pristine farmland, wonderful water, fresh air.”
It’s a staple of summer disaster flicks: the scene of a panicked populace trying to get the hell out of Dodge.
Environmentalists and public health advocates are lauding a key, long-awaited proposal put forward by President Barack Obama’s administration that would require cleaner gasoline and more effective technologies on vehicles, cutting various harmful emissions by 40 to 80 percent. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which announced the long-delayed proposal here Friday, say the new regulations could avoid around 2,400 premature deaths and 23,000 cases of respiratory problems in children each year. A key component — lowering the sulphur content in gasoline by two-thirds — would be equivalent to taking some 33 million cars off the roadways, around one in eight.