From an article in EcoWatch by Laura Beans:
“This is not about the technical definition of fracking, it’s about whether we’re going to have an honest, reality-based, debate about the costs of our energy policies,” said co-host Ari Melber. “And look, those costs can get pretty ugly: unsightly water towers, fracking wells, strange smells and the kind of air and noise pollution just about anyone would avoid if they could afford it.”
Former mayor Calvin Tillman of Dish, TX—an area strongly affected by fracking—joined the show to talk about the health impacts of fracking, including nosebleeds, which forced his family to leave their home.
No one should have to live near well pads, compression stations, incessant heavy truck traffic, or fracking water towers, nor should they have their water or air contaminated. You and I love the places where we live, but in the end, if they are ruined by fracking or frack water tanks, we can afford to pack up and go someplace else. However, many people can’t afford to move away when they can no longer drink the water or breathe the air because they are too close to one of your well pads or compressor stations.
Now, substitute the words “wind turbines” for fracking and see if you think Mr. Former Mayor would care in the least about your backyard and the inhabitability of your home. Of course not—he only cares about his own backyard, as most environmentalists do.
Next time you’re confronted by the “NIMBY” charge, try quoting the altruistic former mayor and make sure the person making the charge cannot worm his way out of the obvious hypocrisy of the environmental movement.