Code Pink: Save the Ta-tas

by admin on August 31, 2011

If you got the newspaper version of the breast cancer story, you saw the chart that showed Denton County’s rate of breast cancer on the high side of the six-county average.

We’re special that way. We got the most breast cancer. We got the most ozone, and maybe some other crap in the air, too. We nearly got the most shale garbage — except Johnson County rolled over for the industry faster than trailers in a tornado.

Banned chemicals floating around in the air, flammable water, sick people — sick enough that we may already have a body count.

All because some people decided that when its cold and dark outside, they’d rather have cheap electricity than a bodacious set of ta-tas to keep them warm.

Peggy September 3, 2011 at 10:06 am

One item I did not put in my story that I didn’t think of asking about was the economic impact of breast cancer. (Yes, I thought of it on the morning run … and yes, I wish I was a faster thinker and a faster runner.)

The last time someone did a big study on this was a while back (here’s a citation I found on Medscape: using data from 1990.

They estimated costs at $96 billion annually. They estimated that in 2000, in current dollars that year, the annual cost was now double, or $192 billion.

Now, I have no idea how much of that is Texas, but by way of comparison, here’s the number Ray Perryman estimated to be the annual economic impact of the Barnett Shale in Texas (and his number is considered by most economists to be VERY generous): $11 billion.

TXsharon September 3, 2011 at 10:11 am

Peggy, that sounds like your next story.

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