Rob Larson

Rob Larson doesn’t have to tell you what chemicals he’s on. He’s an instructor of economics at Tacoma (Wash.) Community College and his book Bleakonomics was published by Pluto Press last fall.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013
Frackonomics: The Science and Economics of the Gas Boom
Between 1868 and 1969, Cleveland’s Cuyahoga river caught fire at least ten times, including one blaze that reached the Standard Oil refinery where storage tanks detonated. Ultimately, the seemingly impossible and unnatural phenomenon of burning water came to represent the dangers of unregulated industrial development and generated popular support for the environmental laws of the 1970s, including the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act.
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