[Marxism] Dead Babies and Utah's Carbon Bomb

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon May 26 07:23:54 MDT 2014

What is going on in Utah's Uinta Basin to explain newborn babies dying? 
An abrupt surge in teenage mothers, drug, alcohol use? No evidence of 
that. Is there a genetic explanation? Genes don't change that quickly. 
Is there a sudden onset of medical incompetence by the area's 
health-care providers? No reason to think so. That leaves one other 
possibility. Is there something happening in the environment? As a 
matter of fact, yes.

Major cities with pollution problems have either high ozone, like Los 
Angeles, or high particulate pollution, like Salt Lake City, depending 
on the time of year. But the Uinta Basin has both simultaneously, making 
it unique and the most polluted part of the state. Studies suggest that 
the two may act synergistically to impair human health. Add to that high 
levels of the by-products of every phase of the oil and gas fracking 
extraction process - diesel emissions and hazardous compounds like 
benzene, toluene and naphthene, and you have a uniquely toxic air 
pollution brew in Vernal.


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