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.
Wilke RA, Freeman JW. Fracking and Climate Change—Reply. JAMA. 2018;319(14):1508–1509. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.0228
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