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Comment: Re:Make them drink it ... (Score 1) 267

Toluene, found in pine oil: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T... [wikipedia.org]
Xylene, found in wood tar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X... [wikipedia.org]

The pine trees in my back yard probably put as much of these in the creek as they detected in the paper.

You've convinced me.

We should just let the oil industry do whatever they want, because everything's toxic so what's the harm in a few hundred people getting wealthy beyond dreams of avarice before we all die?

And we're not talking about "parts per trillion" here. We're talking about concentrations up to 200 times the amount considered safe by the FDA.

Comment: Re:Make them drink it ... (Score 1) 267

Have you seen the nasty things salt does to metals and plants? Yet you happily eat that every day.

Because people have eaten salt for millennia without negative effects.

How long have people been drinking benzene, toluene, xylene, and ethylbenzene? Not to mention the substances that we don't know about that are in fracking fluid because they're "trade secrets".

http://www.sourcewatch.org/ind...

Comment: Re:Make them drink it ... (Score 2, Insightful) 267

The chemical, which is also commonly used in paint and cosmetics, is known to have caused tumors in rodents, though scientists have not determined if those carcinogenic properties translate to humans.

Those are some of my favorite weasel phrases in this type of article.

"Just because the chemical strips paint and causes mammals to dissolve into puddles of toxic goo does not mean it's unsafe for humans."

So drink up, Mr Koch.

Comment: First Among Equals (Score 3, Informative) 332

In a deliberative body that's chock-full of dumb sonsabitches, Louis Gohmert stands head and shoulders above them all.

Here's my favorite Louis Gohmert quote.

On gays in the military:

"I’ve had people say, ‘Hey, you know, there’s nothing wrong with gays in the military. Look at the Greeks. Well, you know, they did have people come along who they loved that was the same sex and would give them massages before they went into battle. But you know what, it’s a different kind of fighting, it’s a different kind of war and if you’re sitting around getting massages all day ready to go into a big, planned battle, then you’re not going to last very long. It’s guerrilla fighting. You are going to be ultimately vulnerable to terrorism and if that’s what you start doing in the military like the Greeks did as people have said, ‘Louie, you have got to understand, you don’t even know your history.’ Oh yes I do. I know exactly. It’s not a good idea."

Want another?

Regarding caribou and the oil pipeline:

"So when caribou want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline. ... So my real concern now is if oil stops running through the pipeline ... do we need a study to see how adversely the caribou would be affected if that warm oil ever quit flowing?"

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