Monday, April 27, 2015

Is NY's fracking ban temporary?


In the radio interview Friday, Martens said the fracking ban — which applies only to fracking that uses more than 300,000 gallons of fluid — will be "permanent until the information changes." Studies that have been in the works for years may draw different conclusions when they're finally released, he said.
"I don't think there's any such thing in the environmental world as permanent," Martens said. "Information changes."
In theory, Martens is correct. NY could reverse their decision. However, 20 years after GM foods have become widespread, the confidence in the safety of GM foods among scientists could not be stronger. The evidence, notably that we have never had anybody ever get sick from GM foods, indicates GM foods are safe, but many people (including many who also dislike fracking) are still opposed to GM foods.

Why should we believe that the same people who dislike GM foods now would like fracking 10 years from now, even if all evidence indicates that fracking is safe?  

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