A 10 percent drop in the polls would be a killer for a presidential candidate. In fact, the reality may be much more drastic.
The drop is for support for regulations on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. And it’s happening not because there are lots of great new regulations coming through. It’s because the oil and gas industry has gotten to work convincing the public that threats to health and the environment are not as important as the economic growth and job opportunities fracking could offer.
These polls come even as those assertions are under fire from, you know, facts. Groundwater in and near Pavillion, Wyo. was once again found to contain pollution from fracking fluids. Methane, ethane and phenol were found in a well in the rural town.
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