The facts are slippery when it comes to the great fracking debate in America, where truth, lies, and spin often collide and end up leaving us confused and dizzy.
And sometimes we sadly get treated to the perfect mix of manipulation of fact and fiction, courtesy of the powers that be, that leaves us even more dazed and confused than we were before we got that dose of unreality. That’s what we’re often subjected to in the fracking debate, and it even makes us engage in what George Orwell called “doublethink” — the perverse ability to hold two contradictory beliefs as correct in our minds without noticing the contradiction.
But the latest example of the fracking doublethink has major implications for our health and our nation: the EPA’s recently released landmark assessment on the “Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources.” The assessment concludes that fracking has contaminated many drinking water sources while also concluding that no evidence was found to declare that fracking poses “widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.”
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