Principles

  • Energy production, transmission, and use have climate, ecosystem, and human health effects.

  • Novel and unconventional energy resources require an evidence-based evaluation using the best available scientific information and rigorous, objective scientific studies to evaluate their true costs prior to widespread deployment.

  • The decision to proceed with any energy extraction should be based upon a democratic process taking risk management and informed consent into account.

  • Full life-cycle analysis of energy extraction requires a multi-disciplinary approach involving a range of expertise from a diverse group of qualified individuals.

  • Energy extraction frequently has a disproportionate impact on disadvantaged, disenfranchised and geographically or economically vulnerable populations.

  • The assumption that extraction of unconventional fossil fuels provides a bridge from a non-renewable to a renewable energy economy requires a critical evaluation.

  • Scientists, engineers, and physicians who work together are in a unique position to evaluate the social, health, and environmental dimensions of unconventional energy issues.

  • Alternative proposals are needed to meet global energy requirements and should be based upon principles of energy efficiency, renewability, and health and environmental safety.

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