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Texas Governor Rick Perry campaigns in an Iowa coffeshop on December 16.

“We can have this conversation, but you cannot show me one place — not one! — where there is a proven pollution of groundwater by hydraulic fracturing. I am truly offended that the American public would be hoodwinked by stories that do not scientifically hold up.”

RICK PERRY, Texas governor and Republican candidate for President, scolding a college student who questioned his support for shale gas fracking at an event in Decorah, Iowa. Sorry, governor—there has indeed been a proven case of groundwater contamination from fracking. Earlier this month the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft report that concluded chemicals from fracking had likely contaminated groundwater near the town of Pavilion, Wyoming. Time to retire that talking point. (Hat tip to POLITICO.)

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