Is Yoko Ono smarter than a 4th grader?

First up: Yoko Ono and friends…

‘Fracking kills’: Yoko Ono joins star-studded cast fighting against hydraulic natural gas drilling in upstate New York

John Lennon’s son Sean Lennon, actress Debra Winger, songstress Natalie Merchant and “The Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo have also spoken out in opposition to the extraction process criticized for potentially contaminating water supplies and damaging the environment.

Published: Friday, January 11, 2013

ALBANY — Hydrofracking is not the most glamorous of issues but the gritty subject is bringing a lot of glitz to the state Capitol.

Yoko Ono, the widow of ex-Beatle John Lennon, and son Sean Lennon became the latest celebrities to visit Albany Friday to press for a ban on the controversial natural gas drilling.

“Fracking kills,” Ono said at a press conference with other drilling opponents. “And it doesn’t just kill us, it kills the land, nature and eventually the whole world.”


NY Daily News

Now it’s the 4th graders’ turn…

Fourth-graders have concluded fracking’s bad

By Steve Israel
Published: 2:00 AM – 01/13/13
If it were up to nearly four dozen future voters at a Middletown elementary school, fracking would be banned in New York — and the rest of the world.

Just listen to what those fourth-graders at Maple Hill Elementary School have to say about the controversial natural gas extraction method of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking:

“It could cause methane explosions, poison water and kill people. It killed cattle,” says 9-year-old Philip Gazer.

“Sometimes, because of fracking, earthquakes could happen,” says 9-year-old Sagnik Chakraborty, citing minor earthquakes in Ohio apparently caused by the underground injection of fracking waste.

Bottom line for the fourth-graders in the classes of Mary Hayes and Patricia McGorry?

“We don’t want to be poisoned by fracking,” says 11-year-old Nancy Jaime.




There you have it.  Yoko Ono is either not smarter than a 4th grader or she has a strong desire to spend winters freezing in the dark.    The wellhead price for natural gas in the US is currently in the range of $3.00 to $3.50/mcf.

The shale boom is the single biggest reason why natural gas prices are so low in the USA compared to most of the rest of the world…

Without fracking, there would be no shale boom and US natural gas prices could be $8/mcf or higher.


One Response to “Is Yoko Ono smarter than a 4th grader?”

  1. David Middleton Says:

    peter says:
    January 23, 2013 at 1:06 am
    Just wait, there will be a fracking disaster in some country with no environmental oversight at all, and it will be pointed out as proof, just like Chernobyl that it is fundamentally hazardous and can never be safe.

    But, at the same time, even if they shut it down in the states, there are lots of countries who will pursue it. Eventually reality will have its day, and the gas in the ground is not going anywhere. Sooner or later it will be extracted. If not by this generation, then by one that has learned the truth about the extremists.

    Hydraulic fracturing can’t cause any disasters of any kind.

    See the following…

    Dallas earthquake not caused by fracking… And neither was the Ohio quake.

    More “Fracking” Nonsense About Earthquakes

    jonny old boy says:
    January 23, 2013 at 1:55 am
    Fracking does clearly have its dangers. A school child with basic geology knowledge could work that one out. By the very nature of rock strata and the way fluids and gas can travel and pollute taking the path of least resistance, its not a extraction science without clear pitfalls. In the UK there have been minor Earthquakes causes by exploratory fracking and some measured pollution. The problem is of course the actual science of this fledgling industry will be completely ignored and the debate ludicrously polarised. You will have the “fracking kills” lunatics versus the “fracking is completely safe la la la la la” naive. Fracking is not completely safe obviously in the same way dynamiting for gold isn’t, but it will help the cause of the industry to have loons like Egg Yoke Only saying the moon will explode if we do it and eventually distract from the real debate which in this energy-desperate times will be parked whenever possible and labelled “alarmist”. On this very rare occassion I actually sympathise with her conerns a bit, but of course riducule her lack of knowledge.

    Fracking has been in common use for more than 50 years. Horizontal drilling and multi-stage frac jobs on shale formations have been going on since the 1980’s in Texas. The only thing that’s “fledgling” is the expansion of oil & gas operations into States unaccustomed to such activity.

    flea rider says:
    January 23, 2013 at 2:02 am
    thing is there is some truth in what she says ..but it does depend on the surounding rock (Porosity)..
    you pump steam/hot water down a hole it break’s up the shale gas gets sucked up .. basic ?
    now over time water/steam will move it will be pushed back to the surface ..then you have a problem movement .. not a quake as such but if theres a quake in the same region ..hmm

    Erm… No… Not even close.

    Karen says:
    January 23, 2013 at 3:41 am
    Can anyone here list all the chemicals used by the fracking companies ?
    Can anybody tell me what quantities of said chemicals are used ?
    Can anybody tell me what regulation’s, oversight and inspections are carried out ?
    Why do you think many people are concerned about fracking ?

    See: Halliburton, Hydraulic Fracturing, Fluids Disclosure

    And, next time…

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