Its campaign season and the usual suspects are trotting out the usual platforms and panics. Hillary Clinton has taken on an extension of Obama’s energy concerns. Obama vowed to shut down coal (which he’s pretty much done, alongside my bank account as I go broke paying for more expensive energy) and Hillary has promised anti-fracking lobbyists that she will continue to fight to make the practice illegal.
The problem is that fracking has a great publicity campaign surrounding it but not a lot of people are aware of the facts. The anti-fracking documentary “Gasland” seems shockingly convincing…until you actually do some research (watch “Fracknation” for a completely different point of view…if you dare) and realize fracking is not only cleaner and safer for the environment, its lowering energy costs for families living below the poverty line.
John Stossel takes on the fracking issue in a report that is a couple of years old but is relevant now that we are months away from electing a new president and perhaps reforming current energy policies.
Bjorn Lomborg, a liberal European environmentalist tells Stossel:
“Fracking feels wrong; it feels like you’re pumping stuff into Mother Earth but its an amazing story…In Europe we’ve only managed to cut half of what you guys accidentally happened to do when you stumbled upon fracking.”
Stossel also shows us that fracking isn’t the problem when it comes to gas flooding certain residential areas. Gas can often naturally rise to the surface without human assistance. Like this lake in rural Alaska, where no fracking is done anywhere.
Even President Obama’s EPA director said the government has seen no direct, scientific evidence that fracking is harming the water table. This should mean something to environmentalists as Obama has been undoubtedly the most pro-green energy president America has ever elected.
The environment is here to support the people who live in it. We should be good stewards but when unsubstantiated concerns lead to more struggle for those living in poverty, a line needs to be drawn. As Stossel concludes:
The world needs energy. Where energy is limited life is cruel and life is short.