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Stolen 'Pulp Fiction' car found 19 years later

Stolen 'Pulp Fiction' car found 19 years later | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Authorities say the classic Chevrolet convertible featured in the film
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Donna Sharp's comment, April 30, 2013 12:38 AM
It’s so crazy that Tarantino’s 1964 Chevrolet Malibu was found so many years after it was originally stolen. I feel bad for the current owner who is not believed to be involved in the theft; because they have to surrender an absolutely awesome car which they didn’t even know was stolen in the first place. I wonder how many times this vehicle had actually switched ownership over the last 19 years.
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Texas Trooper Kelley Helleson is Indicted on Sexual Assault Charges For Body Cavity Search « Broden Mickelsen Law Blog

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Kristie Major's comment, April 28, 2013 10:44 PM
I think that police officers should be more aware while they are working. The police department is always under more scrutiny than anyone else because of their job. They have to do searches that some people may think of as offensive, but they should know how to do these searches in a way that people are unable to legitimately critique them.
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Court says pot smokers can be fired, even in Colo.

Court says pot smokers can be fired, even in Colo. | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The judge agreed with Dish Network that medical marijuana use isn't a "lawful activity" covered by a state law intended to protect cigarette smokers from being fired for legal behavior off the clock.
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Guantánamo Prison Revolt Driven by Inmates’ Despair

Guantánamo Prison Revolt Driven by Inmates’ Despair | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
With any decision about closing down the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, put on the back burner, inmates there have lost hope that they will ever be released.
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T Hall's comment, April 29, 2013 11:22 AM
The inmates participating in the hunger strike are making the choice to do so and will face serious natural consequences if they choose not to eat. Every prisoner that is being housed is there for a terrorist crime and I highly doubt that the President will allow anyone prisoner to be let free due to their own choice of not eating.
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Eric Schmidt: Money is the only reason Julian Assange redacted WikiLeaks files

Eric Schmidt: Money is the only reason Julian Assange redacted WikiLeaks files | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Kevin May's comment, April 28, 2013 10:05 PM
Hackers like Assange place a supremely negative light on the necessary influence and intercourse our government needs to necessitate protecting American freedom, and quality of life. To hear the stark cry of higher morality of these individuals as their pious leaks cause the deaths of others supremely innocent. These computer warriors lack the strategic intellect to truly understand the damage they cause to not just a select few, but the health and fidelity of the international community with these ceaseless attacks on sovereign integrity.
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Federal Crackdown on Legalized Pot Would Backfire | RealClearPolitics

Federal Crackdown on Legalized Pot Would Backfire | RealClearPolitics | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
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Mike Dallaire's comment, May 6, 2013 6:40 AM
Of course my stance on anything to do with the government is always less, not more. I think it's already been proven that cracking down on drugs simply does not work. It costs the taxpayers millions every year and obviously yields little results. This is actually a good testing opportunity. Why don't we let a couple of states try it out when pot is legalized and see how it works. What's the worst that could happen? And so what if people travel from neighboring states if they know how to work the system as long nobody is lighting up on the way home. It's certainly not like people are going to become from Florida or even Arizona. Pot is illegal in those states and they already have plenty of coming over the border. As long as they're not hurting anybody else, lot em smoke.
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Ricin investigation turns to former suspect’s enemy

Ricin investigation turns to former suspect’s enemy | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The investigation into poisoned letters mailed to President Obama and others has shifted from an Elvis impersonator to his enemy.
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Charges dropped for U.S. man in ricin letters case - World - CBC News

Charges dropped for U.S. man in ricin letters case - World - CBC News | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Charges were dropped today against the Mississippi man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to U.S. President Barack Obama and others, while authorities searched at another man's home in connection with the case.
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Wife of dead Boston suspect assisting feds, lawyer says

Wife of dead Boston suspect assisting feds, lawyer says | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva's lawyer says report of her husband and brother-in-law's involvement "came as an absolute shock"
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Kyle Maines's comment, May 1, 2013 3:31 AM
I have a hard time believing that this woman had no idea what her husband was up to. She must have known something was going on.
Mike Dallaire's comment, May 6, 2013 6:51 AM
If her history is as it's being reported then she may be completely in the dark. In the news they say she was once "an all american girl" before she converted to Islam. So is it a story of love gone blind or an almost emotionally abusive relationship that he was able to get her to go along whether she knew or not? ANd if she did know would she want to admit it? It reminds me a lot of the story of "the Ken and Barbie killers' of Canada in the early nineties. I'm not saying the same end result applies here but if you know about it you can't help think if some of the same general questions apply?
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Second child dies after parents turn to prayer instead of doctors

Second child dies after parents turn to prayer instead of doctors | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
PHILADELPHIA -- A Philadelphia couple serving years' probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of doctors has been arrested for violating their probation aft...
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Colby Wallace's comment, April 23, 2013 6:49 PM
This is a very hot button subject. Are these people really criminals. It is hard to separate church and law, but in this case I feel that this is child negligence and they should be punished. The question arises if they really were turning to prayer or just choosing not to do anything? I found this interesting especially since they both just got of parole.
Carolyn C.'s comment, April 24, 2013 6:17 PM
I feel confident commenting on this article as a Christian. These parents along with many other people like this and who believe in this need to understand how God works. He sometimes works directly but he also works through people. God would be working through the doctors and helping to heal their child. These parents need a reality check and they should be punished. I don't feel badly for them, they are selfish and should want to help their child. How could they go days like this seeing their child suffer. As Joshua said they were being careless.
Brittney Ward's comment, April 28, 2013 8:44 PM
I think these parents were negligent. I'm not saying that prayer is not important if you are a religious person, but when it comes to health and caring for your child you should go through the proper channels o ensure your child's safety. In the end the child paid the price for the parents ignorance and carelessness.
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Source: Boston bomb suspect says brother was brains behind attack

Source: Boston bomb suspect says brother was brains behind attack | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The federal government filed two charges against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Monday.
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Joshua Matheny's comment, April 23, 2013 6:14 PM
This really makes me cringe. I followed this story live on Reddit and was alarmed by how usual the suspects looked, almost not looking middle eastern as the stereotype behind these bombings goes. Of course one of the brothers is going to be behind it. However, with all of the drama enveloped around these incidents in our past we cannot give leniency to these acts. It was a religious jihadist movement as most of these bombings are and I hope we bring swift justice to this suspect.
Moe's Legal Shop's comment, April 26, 2013 2:18 AM
Brainwashing happens in many forms...it can be to make one believe they are worthless and hope they choose a path of destruction...that is usually financially planned or revenge oriented...some are to take young impressionable minds and form them in a way that takes basic instincts and re-wires them to be a destroyer...we see that with militant groups that are linked to terrorist groups on a larger scale..we have seen that with global groups and peoples...it is happening in the USA with several militant groups who try to convince folks the government is bad...lol...I tell folks yea well have fun with all that paperwork then if they are so bad...:/ They realize they do have a lot of paperwork to do...oh...then tend to reject the hate sentiments from militant groups and leave before it gets bad! I have told many to report what they saw to an official to let them decide what to do...and leave it up to them to do the right thing...shrug...
Brittney Ward's comment, April 28, 2013 9:45 PM
I agree with Joshua, we cannot give leniency to these acts. While the brother was probably the mastermind behind the attack and plan for the the bombings, I don't know if I would go as far to say the suspect was brainwashed. He knew he committed a crime and that's why he ran, if you are aware of the acts you committed I have a hard time believing he was brainwashed, he could have walked away and not helped his brother or called the cops.
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FBI agent tells court no ricin found at home of suspect accused of mailing poisoned letters

Investigators say they haven’t found any ricin in the house of Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge.
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Colby Wallace's comment, April 23, 2013 6:55 PM
It surprises me at the stupidity of some of the citizens of the United States. If you have problem with the current government than try and make a difference by getting evolved in its application. Do not send a poison letter the president and think that would make a difference at all.
Paige Gieck's comment, April 28, 2013 3:30 AM
I agree that's the sane response Colby. But I don't think anyone sending these sort of letters are actually trying to change this government. Rather they think through some odd logic they can inspire a revolution. Perhaps I'm wrong. Anyway You have to admit in a democracy with millions of people, it's easy to feel like your voice is being drowned out. That's why most people feel apathetic.
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Woman Allegedly Called 911 Because She Was Lonely, Drunk

Woman Allegedly Called 911 Because She Was Lonely, Drunk | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Apparently, 911 is the loneliest number.
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LaDonna Coghill's comment, April 22, 2013 9:10 PM
I do feel bad for this elderly lady because not only is she lonely but it seems she abuses alcohol on a regular basis. I’m not sure that it is a nursing home or assisted living that she needs. She needs to first focus on her abuse of alcohol and if it is due to her loneliness there are people and programs that can help. I think that crisis lines have the capability of helping guide her in the right direction. I know that crisis lines also focus on more serious cases such as suicide and immediate crisis but I think that they might be able to give her resources if nothing else. I worked at a local crisis line and know this type of caller. I think that instead of just charging her, someone needs to try and find some kind of solution to the problem. I get that it may be a nuisance and I see that it might take away from those in more serious need, but I think that this lady might need some guidance is all.
Kassandr Liesenfeld's comment, April 23, 2013 8:12 PM
this was definitely a call for attention and shows again how important it is to have family support. I feel like loniless is a big issue for elderly people, especially in bigger cities. Society becomes more and more anonymous, what can become really hard on people. especially if you are immobile. furthermore, I find it surprising that this is already the second article within a week about the 911 line being misused.
Kyle Maines's comment, May 1, 2013 3:32 AM
I agree with others, this woman should get treatment for her alcohol issues and perhaps be put into a nursing home since she’s so lonely. She’s clearly feeling depressed and needs help.
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Pictures of people who mock me

Pictures of people who mock me | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
For years, strangers have made fun of me for being fat. But I got my power back -- by turning the camera on them
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Donna Sharp's comment, April 30, 2013 12:26 AM
She is so courage and brave to take such a crazy a twist on she interprets others reactions. I couldn’t believe to see how analytical she is in reviewing the pictures she takes of others watching, talking or simply staring at her. I totally understand where she’s comes from regarding issues with weight. All my life I to have struggled, at one point I gave up, gained an astronomical amount of weight and one day I literally couldn’t stand to look at myself. I’m still not near the ‘perfect’ image of what women are expected to look like. But I am continuously working towards a healthier future. Even since I have lost a hundred pounds sometimes I still catch myself slipping into my old mindset, then I have to remind myself how far I have come. I applaud her for taking such negativity towards her and redirecting that energy.
Jaimie Barnes's comment, April 30, 2013 3:23 AM
I had seen one or two of these images previously, but not the full explanation from the photographer. It is a really unique and inspiring thing that she has done to accept herself and then turn and present the reactions she deals with on a daily basis for others to see. People’s first impressions of others are based on appearance, whether they realize it or not, and it occurs on a daily basis. This isn’t a negative until they allow first physical impressions to be their sole judgment of a person and their character, or allow the negative stereotypes of society to affect how they view other people. A person is more than their appearance; size, skin color, gender, clothes, the outside does not change what is on the inside.
Joshua Matheny's comment, April 30, 2013 6:15 PM
This is awesome! I'm glad that we can see the other side of the line with this and not just the negativity that is impacted by the standard of obesity in Barcelona which is relatively low. Although I am not obese by the standards of BMI I do have friends who consider themselves obese and it can be quite a strain on themselves as a person and integrity to be apart of a culture in general. Did I mention these are some of the most awesome people I know? So yes a person is by far not skin deep, I would rather speak with an intelligent soul than a pretty face.
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Justin Bieber -- Pot Bust on Tour Bus in Sweden

Justin Bieber -- Pot Bust on Tour Bus in Sweden | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
TMZ has spoken with a rep for the Stockholm PD, who told us ... Around 7:10 PM on Wednesday night, an officer smelled weed coming from Justin's bus,…
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T Hall's comment, April 29, 2013 5:50 AM
This really comes as no surprise since many of the celebrities engage in risky behaviors such as drugs. Individuals like Justin Bieber should not be featured in the news or read about in magazines. True role models and heroes are ordinary people doing great things. Our society seems to feed and thrive off of another’s misfortune. Bieber obviously wanted to smoke pot and got caught for it. So what; it is time to move on and focus our energy on the positive individuals that actually contribute something noteworthy to society.
Joshua Matheny's comment, April 30, 2013 6:17 PM
It seems we have seen this trail with any and every celebrity that is a child star going into adulthood, take Britney Spears, or Lindsey Lohan for example. Society role models these people and they don't always have the perfect impact on the kids they model for as they should. When your life is in the spotlight like theirs is you have the choice to make good decisions or bad decisions. If you are not making decisions that show yourself in a positive light you are doing a general disservice to all of those people that look up to you, especially the impressible mind of a child.
Mike Dallaire's comment, May 7, 2013 3:28 AM
This does not surprise me in the least. There's a constantly repeating pattern for young celebrities using drugs. It seems most of the time the problem comes from lack of good parenting. While it may be hard to discipline somebody who's on tour, I believe that if parents, especially of celebrity children, did a better job of instilling good morals and manners in their children when they were young, this would be less likely to happen. The children would be more granted. That's not to say they wouldn't rebel like typical teenagers but they at least have the common sense to know that they're under the spotlight and they should thing long and hard when making any type of decision.
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'That is awesome': Murderer's sarcastic comment to the prison warden caps off Death Row inmate's final words

'That is awesome': Murderer's sarcastic comment to the prison warden caps off Death Row inmate's final words | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Richard Cobb, 29, didn't deny using a 20-gauge shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. He was convicted of capital murder.
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T Hall's comment, April 29, 2013 11:16 AM
It is a heavy decision to take a human’s life and I believe the death penalty is absolutely necessary to have. There are some individuals that are not capable of going through rehabilitation or changing due to the severity of their crime as well as many other factors. The billions that are invested each year into prisons really should be going towards bettering our society through education.
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Officials: Bomb suspect silent after read rights

Officials: Bomb suspect silent after read rights | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev immediately stopped talking after a magistrate judge and a representative from the U.S. Attorney's office entered his hospital room and gave him his Miranda warning, according to a U.S.
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Australian Federal Police claim arrest of 'LulzSec leader' • The Register

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Texas Fertilizer Plant Fell Through Cracks of Regulatory Oversight

Texas Fertilizer Plant Fell Through Cracks of Regulatory Oversight | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
It is still unclear how much ammonium nitrate, the chemical linked to last week’s deadly blast, was stored at a West, Tex., plant that operated in a regulatory patchwork.
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Who's at fault?  Is it the board, the manager, the regulators?  The board will say that they didn't understand the problems.  The manager will say he told the board.  Regulators will say they did checks but that the can't check every little thing at every plant.  Is this white collar crime or are they all right that they have no criminal culpability?

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Moe's Legal Shop's comment, April 26, 2013 2:03 AM
It doesn't suprise me that they "don't know" what happened? I do... Someone didn't want to run the plant anymore so an accident is staged to cover costs and they don't care who dies or is injured... That is the ugly part of business no one wants to talk about...
Paige Gieck's comment, April 28, 2013 3:37 AM
Well yeah. That could be. But it's dangerous to jump to conclusions like that. However I agree it is very very suspicious. The bottom line is this is what happens when regulators aren't careful enough, or as 'Moe' suggests (parentheses cause IDK if that's your real name, sorry bout that) when people are incredibly selfisf
T Hall's comment, April 29, 2013 11:29 AM
I definitely agree wit the above two posts. I can definitely see how an accident similar to this has the potential of being staged. Though on the same hand, fluke things happen with little explanation. Either way, it is so tragic and one life is too many to lose.
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Should your car disable your smartphone to prevent texting while driving?

Should your car disable your smartphone to prevent texting while driving? | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
According to one survey, 49 percent of adults admit to texting while driving... even though 98 percent know it's unsafe
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Jaimie Barnes's comment, April 30, 2013 3:58 AM
This seems like an idea that could really be a benefit. Even though people know that texting and driving is unsafe, they still do it, so having certain capabilities of a phone disabled while the vehicle is in drive would remove the temptation. This has its positives and its negatives; the essential idea is the positive as well as the increased safety on the roads for all drivers. One downside is that by the time that it is in place in the majority of vehicles texting could be obsolete, or on the flip side, some people don’t have smartphones, so would the blocking work on all cell phones? It would also have to be limited in nature to just things like texting and internet, but not call features because then it potentially poses a risk if people are unable to call for help in emergency situations. Also there is the fact that it would be used more if there were a way to limit its range to block only phones within reach of the driver, so that passengers could still use their phones.
Kyle Maines's comment, May 1, 2013 3:32 AM
I don’t really like this idea. How would it work? Is it going to disable all phones in a car while its running or is there some way to only disable the drivers phone? I don't wanna be riding shotgun with my friend and not be able to use my phone because of this. Will they still be able to make calls in case of an emergency? What if they need to check a map on their phone for directions? I get that people need to stop texting while driving but I’m not sure this is the right way to go about trying to stop it.
Mike Dallaire's comment, May 6, 2013 7:01 AM
Seems like another case of government overreach. Look, I certainly don't advocate texting and driving but that's why we have laws on the books against it. Let police do their job. What about other hazards? Like having a dog on your lap? That might have saved me from having my first car rear ended. I agree people need to pay more attention when they're driving. No texting, go hands free, no pets, and no makeup. Use caution when eating. However, if you think that more government regulation is going to solve the problem, you're wrong. Especially when modern cars have and entire entertainment system built into them already. Push button navigations, computer screens with digital options for climate control, digital media, directions, etc.? Bottom line, Government! Stay Out! Stay Out of my drugs (if I used), Stay Away from my guns, stay away from my soda and personal food preferences, and stay out of my car. You're in there enough as it is with your onstars and modern day mandatory blackboxes. GO AWAY!
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Bomb Suspect's Condition Improves

Bomb Suspect's Condition Improves | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's condition was upgraded today to fair.
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'FrackNation' filmmaker claims group of farmers was barred from 'Gasland Part II' screening at Tribeca

'FrackNation' filmmaker claims group of farmers was barred from 'Gasland Part II' screening at Tribeca | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
“FrackNation” filmmaker Phelim McAleer claims he, along with a group of farmers, was kept out of the Tribeca Film Festival screening of “Gasland Part II,” an anti-Fracking documentary.
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Tip led investigators to US most-wanted child pornography suspect in Nicaragua

Tip led investigators to US most-wanted child pornography suspect in Nicaragua | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
The FBI says a tip led investigators to Nicaragua in the search for a former U.S. school teacher who was among the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives as a suspect in a child pornography investigation.
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Paige Gieck's comment, April 28, 2013 3:32 AM
Score one for the good guys!
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Police: 2 Arrested in Al-Qaida Linked Canada Plot

Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida elements in Iran, police said Monday.
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Colby Wallace's comment, April 23, 2013 6:52 PM
I liked how they brought these story to light many times Americans think we are the only ones facing terrorism, the facts are very were is facing terrorism as horrible as it. We are not the only country to face this trouble. I am glad the suspects in the case were stopped.
Brittney Ward's comment, April 28, 2013 9:30 PM
Colby, I agree I also think it is important to show that other countries have terrorism issues. This shows that it is a world wide issue and America is not the only country facing this issue. It is always good news to hear of terrorism suspects caught so I think that this is a success for Canada.
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Facts on Fracking: Three Things You Need to Know | The Energy Collective

Facts on Fracking: Three Things You Need to Know | The Energy Collective | Criminology and Economic Theory | Scoop.it
Like any method of recovering fossil fuels, hydraulic fracturing does do damage to the environment. But, even accounting for methane leakage during extraction, the total carbon cost of natural gas is less than that of coal or oil.
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Kevin May's comment, April 21, 2013 4:44 PM
New process technology goes under scrutiny before it can even be used. The fact of the matter is that this technology with permits given for drilling is what will help make this country a net exporter of oil greater than Saudi Arabia. I believe this technology is needed to safe guard the fidelity of the America energy sector and revitalize it.