You know the environmentalist left is LOSING when all they can cite are vague, misleading “statistics”.
These anti-fracking activists are simply going batshit crazy. Much like the REST of liberalism. From The Daily Caller.com
Enviros try to link fracking to STDs, meth addiction, prostitution.
Let me see if I have this right. THIS equipment, and those who use it, create THIS….
… RIGHT. Got it. I’ve spoken to a few people who DO fracking, they claim they work 12 + hours a DAY, and have NO time to pursue the “ladies of the evening”.
AND, if they go HERE, to the, (according to the moonbats), CRACK HOUSE, and test POSITIVE for drugs, buh-bye $ 90k a year JOBS. I don’t think the majority of these people are that stupid. Unlike the liars from Vice, and Food and Water Watch.
Critics of hydraulic fracturing no longer limit their complaints to alleged damage to air and water quality. They are now claiming that fracking causes bigger problems: sexually transmitted diseases, prostitution, hard drug use and sex crimes.
Each of these claims is hotly contested by the energy industry.
“While critics accuse frackers of fouling air, drinking water, and farmland with swamp gas and carcinogens; prostitution, methamphetamine, and sexual crime have stalked drilling operations,” reports Vice magazine.
“Violence against women in fracking boomtowns in North Dakota and Montana has increased so sharply that the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced in June that it plans to spend half a million dollars investigating the correlation,” Vice reports.
Vice’s Peter Rugh sites a study by the environmental group Food and Water Watch — which wants to ban fracking — claiming that cases of gonorrhea and chlamydia have shot up 32.4 percent in Pennsylvania counties where fracking operations take place.
“We’ve found that fracking brought a host of social costs to communities where drilling has begun,” said Emily Wurth of Food and Water Watch. “These are the real costs of fracking that are never discussed.”
Vice also reports that the use of meth is on the rise in fracking boom areas.
“In rural Colorado, where well pads have risen like pustules upon the jagged landscape, crimes tied to the narcotic have skyrocketed to double the national average,” Vice reports, citing an NPR article from 2007.
However, the Food and Water Watch study came under fire for its failure to control for STD increases in the fracked areas.
“Without controlling for the population, it could be that the percentage of these cases, while increasing, is increasing at a smaller rate than the population of young people!” Matthew Rousu, an economics professor at Susquehanna University noted.
“It could be that fracked counties actually have a lower [sexually transmitted infaction to population] rate!” Rousu added. “Further, what does a 62% increase mean? It could mean three more people, right? Or does that mean an additional 0.02% of the overall population? The report doesn’t explain.”
The study uses similarly misleading figures when talking about things like increases in truck crashes.
“Related to this, the authors of this study use actual numbers at times (reporting on driving crashes), but only display the percentages at other times (STIs), “Rousu adds. “This weakens their credibility.”
“This is what Food and Water Watch has been relegated to: offensively characterizing the hardworking men and women of the oil and gas industry,” writes Katie Brown of the industry-supported Energy in Depth. “Families today have sustainable incomes and better futures thanks to shale, and Food and Water Watch categorizes all of them as a bunch of drunk, bored, women-abusing losers.”
The Food and Water Watch study also tries to link the influx of male workers in fracking boom areas to an unsafe environment for women. However, the study only cites a New York Times article that says women in a North Dakota town “felt unsafe” with so many young men coming into the area.
“I respect that this organization is attempting to answer tough questions,” Rousu added. “Objective research on the costs/benefits is needed. This organization isn’t creating objective research, however.”
Typical leftist tactic. Invent numbers, put them out on a press release, or a website, and claim it as fact.
As we saw in the article, these numbers are meaningless. While I don’t dispute that when you get a LOT of men, with money in their jeans, and lust in their genes, that these things do not happen. Look back to the Gold Rush days for proof of THAT.
But to condemn an entire industry, and it’s people, with baseless lies and innuendo because you do not agree with said idea or industry, does NOTHING to help win your argument.
All it proves is just how intellectually vacant the position truly is. To all you envirowackos out there, next time, try using something OTHER than lies to make your point.
IF your fear hasn’t crazed you to the point of lunacy. With THIS pack of crap, good luck convincing ANYONE other than those as rabid as yourselves.