June 24, 2009 8:58 AM PDT

Deep in bedrock, clean energy and quake fears

AltaRock Energy will drill near San Francisco using a method that has caused earthquakes elsewhere.
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Republicans claim global warming is a fallacy and that humans are ignorant to think that they can effect our enormous planet in any significant way. I wonder if they will deny our ability to create earthquakes as well. Drill baby drill amen you betcha. Oh, I forgot to mention socialism. When speaking republican talk, one must remember to mention that word as well.

Amen
Posted by BogusBasin (673 comments )
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It's not just Republicans (who I personally call Repukians) who think that global warming is a fallacy. I personally think that is a fallacy, and the fact is that humanity CANNOT change the climate of our planet in any legitimate way. There are VERY few things that can do that: a major volcano basically EXPLODING and making a ash cloud that blots out the sun for a few years, the sun putting out more or less energy (and it is putting out less right now and.... wow.... temperatures are going DOWN, and a asteroid hitting this planet and creating said ash cloud ala volcano exploding.

As to socialism.... some socialism is a good thing. The Republicans are just worried that socialism will be taken MUCH MUCH MUCH too far, which is a legitimate worry. Socialism could be taken so far that you would have idiots trying to take the human rights of people away from them.

Yes, we CAN create earthquakes... however, I seriously doubt we could create anything over a 2.5 earthquake just by drilling for geo-thermal power.
Posted by Lerianis3 (1130 comments )
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At least the Europeans were honest about it. In the US, once again we're seeing the "anything for a buck" attitude. Hey, as long as they don't have to live with the consequences who cares right?

I have to say though, if I lived there, and one of my family was injured in a quake caused by the drilling, I'd hunt down the guy responsible and introduce him to my fists.

Think maybe they should test their technique in an unpopulated area before trying it in a populated one?
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Think they have, idiot! They have ALREADY tested this technique in NUMEROUS unpopulated or sparsely populated areas..... the biggest quake they have been able to create was a grand 2.5 on the Richter scale..... that's BARELY enough to get a chandelier swinging in a normal home!

Now, if they had a 4 or higher quake because of this (and SOLELY because of this) then I would say that they need to do more research.
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