Economist Dean Baker on fracking companies’ arguments that they must not be forced to disclose to state governments or public-health officials the mix of chemicals they use in their processes:
This is precisely the reason that we have patents. If a company has an especially innovative mix of chemicals they would be able to get it patented and prevent their competitors from using it for 20 years. The fact that companies can obtain patent protection makes it implausible that protecting [trade] secrets is the real motive for their refusal to disclose the chemicals they are using.
“Trust me”? I effing well think not.