I’m not a huge drinker by any means but when I drink- I always enjoy having a cold beer. I enjoy trying beers from different countries as well. I recently traveled to Europe and stopped in Munich. I really enjoy getting in touch with my roots and my heritage makeup is 1/8th German so the trip, while super short, was very worth it.
Germans, as you definitely should know, love their beer. When something threatens their beer, they fight back. Right now there is currently some debate in Germany on whether fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, should be allowed. According to a recent article in Newsweek, the breweries are strongly against fracking.
For those of you that are not super familiar with beer, here’s what is needed to make a delicious beer: Water. Fracking threatens the quality of water as many of us in the states know.
I consider myself somewhat of a fractivist (fracking activist), though, I have yet to really put myself out there. According to the research I’ve done, there is no way to ensure 100% that the water near fracking sites will not be harmed. There are more testimonials out there saying there is a good chance the water will be contaminated.
Without good water, good beer is not possible. I understand the argument for fracking in Germany. They could be less dependent on Russia if fracking was allowed. Independence is typically good. At this point in the fracking world, however, I just don’t feel like enough is understood. We are getting ahead of ourselves and I applaud Germany on their hesitance to allow such blatant disregard to research and the environment before proceeding.
I recently read a quote in another article that I wish more people would think about. "We can't let shale development outpace our understanding if its environmental impacts. The past has taught us that the environmental impacts of large-scale development and resource extraction, whether coal plants, large dams, or biofuel monocultures, are more than the sum of their parts." ~ Morgan Tingley, PhD, postdoctoral research associate with Princeton's program in science, technology, and environmental policy. (Quote was copied from this article.)
All in all, I think the beer industry has valid arguments that should be looked into. Beer is part of the essence of Germany. You can’t mess with that.
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