This week Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) released a new report titled Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why health professionals reject methane.
With its summaries of recent medical and scientific studies Too Dirty, Too Dangerous clearly conveys the health threats that accompany use of methane (natural gas) as a fuel.
The report is a potent tool for PSR members and others opposing the headlong rush to replace coal-fired power plants with methane gas.
Click here to download the report.
These are some key findings the report presents:
- Proximity to fracking operations are associated with congenital heart defects, increased risk of high-risk pregnancy and premature birth, worsening asthma, and increased rates of hospitalization for cardiac, neurological, and cancer-related problems.
- Methane also accelerates climate change. In fact, it is far more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over its first hundred years in the atmosphere. That’s a danger that isn’t often recognized, including among some environmentalists.
PSR environment & health director Barbara Gottlieb will be rolling out the report’s findings through a series of webinars in the coming weeks. Join the PSR mailing list to receive more announcements.