The heat is being turned up in the fight against fracking, but where is the science? It turns out that there is a lot of rhetoric and not a lot of science - yet - behind what most people are hearing about this infamous method for extracting more natural gas from the ground.
Let me make it clear: I am not an advocate of fracking. In fact I have my own reasons to oppose it. What I absolutely do advocate, however, is basing opinions on facts and not hearsay.
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Sadly, the hearsay is winning right now. Today in America most people are miserably ignorant about what fracking is, according to a recent study released by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication. Of the more than 1,000 people the Yale researchers polled, "13 percent did not know how much they had heard [whatever that means]; 39 percent had heard nothing at all; 16 percent heard a little; 22 percent heard some; and 9 percent heard a lot," according to a paper on the study published in journal Energy Policy.
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