Ice Cream and Cake: Boulder Study Backs Up Fracking

Aaron Flint posted on November 13, 2014 12:26 :: 1211 Views

Ice cream and cake, get your ice cream and cake.  That is, unless you fracking opponents don’t want to eat the very chemicals that you oppose in hydraulic fracturing. 

Check out this new study , as The Daily Camera reports- CU Boulder study: Fracking fluid no more toxic than common household products

The chemicals found in fracking fluid collected in five states — including Colorado — were no more toxic than common household substances, according to a newly released study by researchers at the University of Colorado.

The study, published Wednesday in the journal Analytical Chemistry, found that chemicals in the fracking fluid samples also were found in everyday products such as toothpaste, detergent, ice cream and laxatives.

But Thurman said water pollution from surfactants in fracking fluid may not be as concerning as some people had thought, with the really toxic surfactants, such as endocrine disruptors, not being used in the wells that were tested.

Meanwhile, from The Daily Signal: How a Bill Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline Could Be on Obama’s Desk by Year’s End

On the heels of bruising losses in the midterm elections, Senate Democrats are pushing for a vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a measure stymied for years by the Obama administration.

Jim Geraghty with National Review had this in Thursday’s “Morning Jolt:”

Even if the Senate does get to 60 votes, the White House has said the president will veto it, preferring to stick to the endless State Department permitting process that he’s used to slowwalk the pipeline for years.

But there’s something going on here: Some Democrats see an opportunity to boost Landrieu’s chances significantly and hold onto a Senate seat for another six years (she’s down in the polls but not out). Meanwhile, they all know that Keystone is substantively insignificant — the environmental damage done by oil-train crashes in the absence of new pipelines may be greater than any damage done by new drilling the pipeline would encourage. The Times once more or less admitted that the fight is a sham and a fundraising tool.

Getting it approved would also fit with Landrieu’s narrative, however inaccurate it is, of someone who has “clout” to defend Louisiana’s oil-and-gas interests. (It would also create union construction jobs, another fissure on the left that’s only going to deepen as Obama’s climate-change ambitions grow: how trades unions feel about environmental regulation.)

RelatedThe Daily Signal: The Real Story on China Climate Change Deal: We Make Changes Now, They Wait Until 2030

President Obama has announced what he calls “an historic agreement” in a climate change deal with China. In his commitment to reduce carbon emissions 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels, the president is committing Americans to higher energy prices, a weaker economy and a lost competitive advantage.

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