Oil and Gas Development’s Impact on Public Health
By Zaylah Pearson-God Our examination of the peer-reviewed medical, public health, biological, earth sciences, and engineering literature...
Across the United States and around the world, the question of how to meet energy demands in a clean, efficient, and cost-effective manner has become one of the most pressing of the new millennium. Scientists worldwide have acknowledged the occurring climate crisis, despite a handful of vocal neigh-sayers. Many communities are seeing the negative impacts of gas and oil development, as well as the devastating effects of coal-fired power production. Even the industry’s assertion that there is such a thing as clean-coal is riddled with problems. The United States and many countries around the world recognize the need to change the way we produce, store, and deliver energy.
As the U.S. Department of Energy explains, “low-income households pay a disproportionately higher share of income toward energy-related expenses.” The share that a household pays toward energy is known as an energy burden. Easing the energy burden of our nation’s most vulnerable households is just one of solar energy’s biggest benefits. The growth of solar energy has the power to decrease dependence on public utilities, provide jobs and clean up the communities impacted most by pollution associated with energy generation.
–Karsten Neumeister, EcoWatch