Ingraffea and Howarth Picked by Time Magazine
Two Cornell scholars and ACSF faculty fellows, Tony Ingraffea (CEE) and Bob Howarth (EEB), made Time Magazine's Person of the Year edition - People Who Mattered — with a thought-provoking study on emissions associated with shale gas production that changed the debate and increased calls for more research funding to investigate this form of natural gas extraction.
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People Who Mattered
“The biggest environmental issue of 2011 — at least in the U.S. — wasn’t global warming. It was hydraulic fracturing, and these three men helped represent the determined opposition to what’s more commonly known as fracking. Anthony Ingraffea is an engineer at Cornell University who is willing to go anywhere to talk to audiences about the geologic risks of fracking, raising questions about the threats that shale gas drilling could pose to water supplies. Robert Howarth is his colleague at Cornell, an ecologist who produced one of the most controversial scientific studies of the year: a paper arguing that natural gas produced by fracking may actually have a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than coal. That study — strenuously opposed by the gas industry and many of Howarth’s fellow scientists — undercut shale gas’s major claim as a clean fuel…” (read more)