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Fidel Castro says world marching into abyss with shale gas
Reuters ^ | Thu Jan 5, 2012 11:45pm EST | Reporting by Jeff Franks; Editing by Eric Beech

Posted on 01/05/2012 9:18:36 PM PST by Olog-hai

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro said on Thursday the world was on an "inexorable march toward the abyss," which he blamed in part on the discovery and exploitation of vast reserves of so-called "shale gas" around the world.

Shale gas is natural gas locked in rock formations that in the past decade has been found in great abundance around the world and is now considered a top source of future energy.

Castro, 85, wrote in one of his occasional columns published in Cuban state media that "numerous dangers threaten us, but two of them—nuclear war and climate change—are decisive and both are ever further from approaching a solution." …

Shale gas production is criticized in some quarters because it requires extensive "fracking," which uses water, sand and chemicals to fracture the rock where the gas is trapped to allow it to flow out of the well. Fracking, opponents say, contaminates groundwater sources and can cause other problems.

Castro sided with the critics, quoting reports on the negative effects of fracking and research that said shale gas emits more greenhouse gases than gas produced from conventional wells.

"It is sufficient to point out that among the numerous chemical substances injected with the water to extract this gas is found benzene and toluene, which are substances terribly carcinogenic," he wrote.

The information on shale gas was something "no political cadre or sensible person could ignore," he said.

Castro said he was so intent on getting the word out, he had "let the festive days of the old and new year pass by" working on his column. …

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Cuba; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: carboncretins; fidelcastro; fracking; fufc; idiocy; senility; shalegas; watermelons

1 posted on 01/05/2012 9:18:41 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Castro focusing on carcinogens.

LOL...from the cigar smoker aficionado.


2 posted on 01/05/2012 9:24:04 PM PST by The Jimmer (Former proud passenger on the Cain Train)
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To: Olog-hai
"benzene and toluene, which are substances terribly carcinogenic"

I knew benzene was bad but toluene? That's what use to be in Testers glue the favorite of the glueheads of the 60's. Why hasn't the great general come up with some other energy force besides oil? They have had 50 years of isolation to become the paradise of the Caribbean and yet they are not.

3 posted on 01/05/2012 9:26:45 PM PST by guitarplayer1953 (Grammar & spelling maybe wrong, get over it, the world will not come to an end!)
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To: Olog-hai

Oh, the great concern for humanity expressed by the 85 year old dictator! I am truly impressed! Not!!!!


4 posted on 01/05/2012 9:27:41 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Olog-hai

I have some gas for you Fidel.. breathe deep now here we go.. uhhhhhhhh ahhhhh oohhhh ahhhhhhhh.....there you go and no charge


5 posted on 01/05/2012 9:28:25 PM PST by Lib-Lickers 2
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To: Olog-hai

Well, that settles it. I always breathlessly await Fidel’s opinion. He is such a wise man. (no sarcasm tag needed I hope)


6 posted on 01/05/2012 9:30:37 PM PST by berdie
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To: Olog-hai

Here come the lefties: “If Fidel says so, it has to be true.”


7 posted on 01/05/2012 9:36:18 PM PST by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: Olog-hai
Gee, I always take advice from mass murders.

Ok, not really.

8 posted on 01/05/2012 9:40:11 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (*Philosophy lesson 117-22b: Anyone who demands to be respected is undeserving of it.*)
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To: Olog-hai

Fidel, pick up the red phone—time for your dirt nap.


9 posted on 01/05/2012 9:44:17 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: Olog-hai
Fidel Castro opposes shale gas production because:

(a) he has a Luddite mentality and shale gas is an important new energy source for future economic growth, and

(b) shale gas will decrease demand for the difficult-to-refine heavy oil being produced by his ideological pupil Hugo Chavez.

In other words, Castro has the same views as U.S. socialists, who are trying to destroy the economy.

The left has a problem this year: how do you destroy the economy and get re-elected at the same time?

10 posted on 01/05/2012 10:01:02 PM PST by Praxeologue
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To: Kennard

“The left has a problem this year: how do you destroy the economy and get re-elected at the same time?”

Easy, same way they always get elected - extend the voting franchise to every irresponsible reprobate in existence, then appeal to the basest of human instincts.

Plus, voter fraud.


11 posted on 01/05/2012 10:19:32 PM PST by ngat
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To: chemicalman

Not since he started allowing small degrees of capitalism in Cuba. Plus, as being pro-queer became a mandatory position on the left, the Castro regime’s past anti-queer positions made old Fidel less popular with them.


12 posted on 01/05/2012 10:31:34 PM PST by eater-of-toast ("It is much more important to kill bad bills than to pass good ones." --Calvin Coolidge)
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To: Olog-hai

Must be no shale gas reserve in Cuba.


13 posted on 01/05/2012 10:53:33 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: Olog-hai
Castro sees his newly started oil drilling not paying off. If the rest of the world continues on the shale gas/fracking bandwagon oil prices will inevitably decline.
14 posted on 01/05/2012 11:40:48 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's War on Prosperity is killing me)
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To: Olog-hai

It’s always about marching with these guys.


15 posted on 01/05/2012 11:54:21 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: Olog-hai

While the SOB allows chinese to drill in the Florida Straits—in the US waters, the beautiful Caribbean and Bahamas waters. And send 4 of every 5 cents the country is paid for this to his Swiss accounts. Absolute greedy bastard,and murderer. Die you bastard.


16 posted on 01/06/2012 12:38:16 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Kennard

First you begin the lies about the “improving jobs numbers” I have heard all day today from govt.controlled radio— numbers based eliminating the people who are no longer looking and taking them out of the calculation.

Problem there is though,that people have no jobs and they KNOW the govt. is lying and so is obama.


17 posted on 01/06/2012 12:40:48 AM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Olog-hai
"numerous dangers threaten us, but two of them—nuclear war and climate change—

Anyone who equates nuclear war to climate change needs to be locked up in a mental institution. The climate has changed more times then can be counted on this planet. How many nuclear wars have we had ? Did I miss a few ?

18 posted on 01/06/2012 1:11:59 AM PST by justa-hairyape
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To: Olog-hai; ApplegateRanch; Whenifhow; WL-law; Berlin_Freeper; Horusra; Darnright; rdl6989; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

19 posted on 01/06/2012 2:53:10 AM PST by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: Olog-hai

The anti-nuclear groups, anti-war groups in US college campuses were funded and supported by the communist regimes in the 60’s and 70’s.

Is it any surprise that they would continue to push the same ideas that would keep the US on a downward spiral in 2012?


20 posted on 01/06/2012 3:00:07 AM PST by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: Olog-hai
Fidel Castro says world marching into abyss with shale gas

I'm continually amazed at how a dead guy like Fidel keeps on coming up with this stuff.

21 posted on 01/06/2012 4:41:33 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Olog-hai

I wonder what keeps that old man alive, maybe clone’s..


22 posted on 01/06/2012 8:36:50 AM PST by goat granny
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To: goat granny

My mother always had a saying about such people, “The devil takes care of his own”.


23 posted on 01/06/2012 11:16:50 AM PST by Olog-hai
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