Monday, May 24, 2010

Fracking as Legalized Chemical Terrorism

Katherine Watt
Hydrofracking is chemical terrorism.

Legalized, because the drillers have permits.

But if Osama bin Laden or some other villain bid on a lease in state land or found a willing private landowner, could Al Qaeda send in a drill team?

The intimidation part is that fracking steers American energy policy and the economy toward further use of fossil fuels at current consumption rates, away from a rapid and complete transition to renewables at a lower consumption rate.

The coercion is implied and stated threats of continued and worsening private and public poverty for noncompliance with the drill and burn regime.