Showing posts with label Fracking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fracking. Show all posts

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Medicare for All is a "Top/Important Priority" in Pennsylvania


I saw this article by a Julian Routh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette where he reports on a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Cook Political Report of voters in the states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin called The Blue Wall Project.  He highlights their responses to questions on implementing a Medicare for All System and on banning fracking as warning signs for progressives.  He sites that 57% of PA voters believe that an outright ban on hydraulic fracturing or fracking is a "bad idea."  Also he says that 56% of swing voters believe that Medicare for All is a bad idea.

I went back to look at the raw results for the survey to see where he found those numbers.  For starters this was a long survey administered by telephone (8%), computer assisted telephone interviewing or CATI (6%), and online (86%) with 3,222 respondents.  752 respondents were in Pennsylvania.  They were offered $2 as a pre-incentive.  Hispanics were offered an additional $10 for completing the survey.  There were 36 questions followed by demographic questions.

The items that Routh cites were items 23g and 23f for fracking and Medicare for all respectively.  Survey item #4 asked respondents what the top priority should be for Congress in the upcoming year.  Item 4d asked: "Implementing a national Medicare-for-all plan, in which all Americans would get their insurance from a single government plan."  For Pennsylvania, 54% of all respondents said that this was either a top priority (26%) or an important (28%) thing.  

The length of this suggests that their may be a fatigue effect.  Also the wording of the question may bias the result.  Respondents were paid to encourage them to complete the survey.  

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Marcellus Shale Fracking

I haven't blogged a lot about environmental issues on CSI without Dead Bodies.  That's mostly because it's a topic I do not have a lot of experience with like I do with health care.  Most of my health care blogs have moved over to Healthcare 4 All PA.  That does not mean that those issues are not important.

Here in Pennsylvania and much of the eastern US, Marcellus shale drilling for natural gas using a process called fracking has become a hot topic with strong passions on both sides.  In fracking water and chemicals are pumped into a well and the natural gas bubbles up to the surface to be used.  It can be done in a variety of settings.  The chemicals used are a proprietary secret.  This burnoff was seen for miles at the Pittsburgh Mills shopping mall on January 8, 2011/



The documentary film Gasland, which was nominated for an Oscar this year, raises a lot of concerns about the fracking process.  In one dramatic scene it shows a man in Colorado setting fire to the well water from his kitchen faucet which has been contaminated by fracking.  Other health concerns are detailed in this film.


The industry has responded strongly to discredit Gasland.  I have heard geologists for Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection argue that the kind of contamination seen above can occur from natural processes.  There are many traditional gas wells which are not accounted for in the state.  Others such as T. Boone Pickens have stated that this process provides badly needed jobs for this part of the country and is safe.  Jon Stewart doesn't really challenge him in this clip.
For those who are unfamiliar with the process it is often hard to know who is correct.  The website FracTracker is a source of data for analysis on this topic.  I will be looking at it to learn more about the pros and cons.  No one really knows what the long term implications are.  To give this topic a fair analysis it's best for me not to make any assumptions as I analyze the data.

**Update**

I was just informed of another post from the Open Knowledge Foundation about how to track lobbyists work.  The gas industry, environmental activists, the health care industry and just about everyone else is engaged in this activity.  This could be helpful in a lot of investigations.

How to study lobbying with crowdsourced open data


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