Corporate Shill Smackdown of the Day: 8-16-2011

Don't worry! You can just buy bottled water or something!

Awarded to Obama’s (yes, you read that correctly) Energy Secretary Steven Chu for his creative interpretation of what “an objective study” on the safety of hydraulic fracturing (AKA “Fracking”, not be confused with my favorite word “frakking”). Mr. Chu was charged with creating a panel to “identify, within 90 days, any immediate steps that can be taken to improve the safety and environmental performance of fracking and to develop, within six months, consensus recommended advice to the agencies on practices for shale extraction to ensure the protection of public health and the environment.”

So, in theory, if the panel could find NO methods to ensure the public’s safety, that would be an important bit of information, would it not? Even though the panels’ goal was not declare fracking “unsafe,” a neutral panel would still look into it honestly. But no, instead of a neutral panel Mr. Chu appointed 6 industry insiders. There were only 7 slots to fill.

Why not just put the fox in charge of guarding the hen house?

Why not just tell us “sorry we’re about to poison your drinking water permanently with chemicals that we don’t have to reveal to the public but there’s money to be made!!”

Congratulations, Mr. Chu! You’re a dirty rat bastard!!

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