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New book confronts fraudulent claims about fracking


Fracking continues to confuse and upset people who don't understand the practice. Fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, is a method by which fossil fuels are extracted from shale using highly pressurized water.

Austin Ruse's book “Fake Science: Exposing the Left's Skewed Statistics, Fuzzy Facts, and Dodgy Data” came out last month. Ruse is the president of the Center for Family and Human Rights, and joined Jacki Daily on "The Jacki Daily Show” to discuss Chapter 9, “Flaming Water, Flaming Lies."

This chapter goes over Josh Fox's documentary "Gasland," which has a scene depicting flammable water piped into a residence. Fracking was blamed in the film, but Ruse says it is actually methane gas, which is in a number of aquifers in the United States. The phenomenon dates back to the time of the American Revolution and has nothing to do with fracking.

There is another scene of a Texas man lighting his backyard hose water on fire, but that was discovered to be "outright fraud," Ruse said. Nevertheless, the documentary ended up being highly influential with some people.

To combat this fraud, filmmaker Phelim McAleer made the film "Fracknation." McAleer confronted the persons perpetrating the fraud, and was chased off one family's property at gunpoint.

Ruse wrote the book to expose a number of scientific frauds such as this, perpetrated for personal or political gain.

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