Thursday, February 09, 2012

How I learned to stop worrying and love hydraulic fracturing

Just connect the dots and think what could have been here in Pennsylvania.  Random Wiki pages of the day:


Blogger Vannevar said...

Project Plowshare was the overall United States term for the development of techniques to use nuclear explosives for peaceful construction purposes. The phrase was coined in 1961, taken from Micah 4:3 ("And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more").

There were many negative impacts from Project Plowshare’s 27 nuclear explosions. Consequences included blighted land, relocated communities, tritium-contaminated water, radioactivity, and fallout from debris being hurled high into the atmosphere.


To paraphrase Clausewitz , Fracking is the continuation of Plowshare by other means.

Remarkably, the long-term results may be identical: blighted land, relocated communities, contaminated aquifers.

Ouch. I want those 15 minutes back!

Thursday, February 09, 2012 9:50:00 AM  
Anonymous BrianTH said...

"Fracking is the continuation of Plowshare by other means."

In roughly the same way as Paul Ryan's plan for capped insurance vouchers is a "continuation of Medicare by other means."

In other words, sometimes the means are so essential to the nature of a program that it can't really be continued by other means.

Thursday, February 09, 2012 2:06:00 PM  
Anonymous The Wiz said...

"Fracking is the continuation of Plowshare by other means."

So I guess coal mining is a continuation of Plowshares by other means.

Part of Plowshares was exploring nulear aided earth moving for construction work. So highway or dam building is Plowshares continued by other means.

Comparing fracking to Plowshares is typical hyperbole used to elicit an emotional response instead of a rational examination of the facts.

Thursday, February 09, 2012 2:35:00 PM  

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