EID’s Devastating Critique of PA Premature Birth “Study”

exposeLast week MDN reported on a new junk science study that claims to have discovered the closer you live to fracking in Pennsylvania, the more likely your baby will be born prematurely (see New Junk Science Claims PA Fracking Leads to Premature Births). We pointed out the study was funded by left-leaning organizations. However, MDN friend Nicole Jacobs, from the always excellent Energy in Depth blog site, has done a top notch investigation of the study and its authors. Nicole found so many conflicts of interest and biases on the part of the study’s authors, it’s a wonder the study was approved for publication at all. Of course mainstream media will totally ignore the evidence that this is yet another political (not scientific) study–but that’s mainstream media for you. They don’t report news–they issue propaganda. Perhaps the most devastating fact unearthed by Nicole is that the rate of premature births in the study area, the rate that’s supposedly higher the closer you get to fracking–is actually below the overall national average of premature births. In other words, the study’s authors manipulated the data until they could get the results they wanted…

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