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Comment & Response
April 10, 2018

Fracking and Climate Change—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls
  • 2Department of Neurosciences, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, Sioux Falls
JAMA. 2018;319(14):1508-1509. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0228

In Reply Drs Frumkin and Patz extend the dialogue begun in our Viewpoint on the potential health implications of fracking to include a discussion about climate change. We agree that regulatory agencies monitoring compliance need to be supported. We also agree with the need to further the dialogue about fossil fuel combustion as a major contributor to climate change and an influence on human health.1 There is growing concern about the potential effect of climate change on the behavioral and socioeconomic well-being of communities, particularly in the agricultural sector.2-4 The ongoing development and expansion of clean renewable energy resources, including solar and wind power, represent key factors optimizing the health of the US population.

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