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  •  A major reason the air is cleaner is fracked gas (0+ / 0-)

    Since 2008, sulfur dioxide levels have dropped 69% and particulates by 23%. It isn't only the coal to gas conversion -- homes and apartment buildings have been converting from oil to (mostly fracked) gas heat as quickly as Con Edison has been able to lay newer larger gas mains. The gradual replacement of older commercial diesel trucks with newer less polluting models is also helping; that has nothing to do with fracking. But it is clear that the low cost fracked gas is making New York City -- and probably other communities -- safer for human habitation.

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      Calamity Jean

      "Since 2008, the levels of sulfur dioxide (SOx) in the air have dropped by 69 percent and since 2007 the level of soot pollution (PM2.5) has dropped by 23 percent. The largest contributor to the reductions is the PlaNYC's Clean Heat program, which phased out use of the most heavily polluting heating oils in New York City."

      Link: http://www1.nyc.gov/...

      Maybe you are sufficiently progressive, but you aren't sufficiently informed.

      •  Wrong (0+ / 0-)

        If you read the linked propaganda piece, you would see that a major contributor is the conversion from oil to gas -- fracked gas.

        the expansion of the regional natural gas supply and local gas distribution infrastructure operated by Con Edison and National Grid has encouraged buildings to save money and reduce emissions by converting to natural gas
        There are dozens of big apartment buildings in my neighborhood alone that have converted, and dozens more that have committed to convert as soon as Con Ed lays the pipes.

        And Bloomberg isn't going to take credit for the conversion of the electric generation plants -- like the huge Ravenswood generating station formerly known as "Big Allis" from coal to dual fuel (natural gas and kerosene) because he didn't have anything to do with it. The owner did it because coal faces more and more strict regs, and gas is now cheaper thanks to fracking. Today it mostly uses gas.

        (Bizarre note: The Ravenswood facility is now owned by the very same company, TransCanada, that is trying to build the Keystone XL pipeline.)  

    •  Fracking does most of its damage (3+ / 0-)
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      on the other end.  In your case, that probably means Pennsylvania.

    •  Boy, you do buy the expensive ads (1+ / 0-)
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      unregulated fracking wells are contributing to a lot of illness, the ruin of drinking water, and the flares of unconventional gas are arguably more deadly . . . we're being sold a bill of goods. . .

      Resnikoff, in a paper available online, describes dangers to NYC from radioactivity in Marcellus gas.  read this.  its staggering.

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