Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Fracking linked to birth defects
I get really tired of hearing people's pro-fracking arguments. It's all about money. The same things could be said to support GMOs. That's all about money, too. And there are those who blindly back Monsanto and their cronies and actually believe that genetically modifying our food is safe for both us and the environment. But facts reveal a different story.
Same goes with fracking. There are countless studies that prove the harm fracking is doing to people and to the earth. For one thing, you just have to look at how many earthquakes have occurred in Oklahoma since fracking became a common practice there. It's now called "America's Earthquake Capital." Yikes.
Then look at how many people have cited fracking as the cause of their health problems. It's frightening.
But it helps the economy.
Yeah, right. It helps pad the pockets of not only the companies and their workers, but also the bankrolls of doctors and hospitals. And let's not forget how fracking has paved the way for a dramatic increase in prostitution, thus leading to more and more young girls disappearing as they're sold into the sex trafficking industry.
Obviously, I hate fracking and everything about it. I could go on and on.
But for the purpose of this post, I just wanted to let you know about a study conducted by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health and Brown University. This peer-reviewed study concluded that there is "an association between the density and proximity of natural gas wells within a 10 mile radius of maternal residence and prevalence of congenital heart defects." They also found possible links to brain and spinal cord defects.
This should be startling news. This should be mainstream. But it's not. Why? Because who cares about some babies born with birth defects in light of the multi-million (or is it billion?) fracking industry? Well, I do, for one. And you should, too.
Fracking -- a safe practice that aids our economy and makes us less dependent on foreign oil. Or is it? Do your research and then decide. And if you're with me on this, speak up. Make a difference with your votes and your wallet.