The perils of alarmism

09/10/2012
How does carbon dioxide, a compound essential to life, come to be treated as a dangerous pollutant? How does hydraulic fracturing, a well-completion method used safely for 60 years, become controversial enough to impede the most promising energy-supply advances in at least a generation? How does a strategically important pipeline that would cross an aquifer, as most do, get stymied by fear about water supply? One answer addresses all three questions: environmental alarmism. Pressure groups wanting to block oil and gas development know how to create and orchestrate fear. They succeed regularly. And they're just as regularly wrong. So how did public opinion become so susceptible to politica...
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