|To the Editor: Fracking future should be based on science|
|Written by V. N. Krishnan|
|Wednesday, 14 August 2013 08:54|
There has been some letters on both sides of the fracking issue. We heard from a respected scientist in the field from our own university (BGSU) where I myself served for three decades. I am not qualified to fully comment on either the scientific or the technical aspects of the extraction process as my research has been in a different area. But all of us should gather as much information as possible about issues that affect our lives such as water, air etc, My view is that anything we attempt do, especially on a large scale as this fracking issue, has to rely solely on science. There alone is the real guidance. This means both sides should unite and put their resources together to get the best scientific team assembled to tackle all the challenges posed by this issue.
Both sides first need to decide on the priority of energy and realize that business runs on maximizing profit. Government alone can deal with protecting the environment. Only a sensible partnership between the two that built this economy that can deliver. Also the methodology used by science in research is not absolutely perfect. Any medicine is not without its side effects. The doctor still prescribes it because he judges that its benefits would outweigh the side effects in that particular case.
We live in a world where we have to do the best with what we have with the least burden. Science and technology has taken the world a very long way. We are pitiably unable to live with less and have an insatiable appetite for various forms of energy. We want energy independence as well as the ambition to rule the world with our ideas. Then we want to shut down the Government and jettison the only weapon that can get us these - technology. What kind of thinking is this?
There is only one sure way to get the purest air and water. To learn to multiply less, drastically reduce our needs and stop raping the earth's surface and its sea bed. In our times that would appear as lunatic.
V. N. Krishnan
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