Locus Focus on 02/25/13
ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth, Part 3 - The Bad Idea of Fracking, with Sandra Steingraber
In his State of the Union address this month, President Obama pleased many environmental activists when he pledged to seriously address the issue of climate change. But hidden within his promises of promoting renewable and sustainable energy development was a pronouncement that the United States has drastically increased domestic drilling for natural gas. What Obama did not mention was that most of that natural gas is now extracted using an unconventional, controversial method known as fracking.
On this episode of Locus Focus we talk about why fracking is not a sustainable solution to our energy needs. Our guest is Sandra Steingraber, one of the contributors to the new coffee table tome: Energy: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth.
Ecologist, author and cancer survivor, Sandra Steingraber is an internationally recognized authority on the environmental links to cancer and human health. Her highly acclaimed book, Living Downstream: An Ecologist's Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment, presents cancer as a human rights issue. A columnist for Orion magazine, she is currently a scholar in residence in Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.