Dictionary.com defines fracking as: “a process in which fractures in rocks below the earth’s surface are opened and widened by injecting chemicals and liquids at high pressure: used especially to extract natural gas or oil.”
That doesn’t sound too bad. Commercials extolling the beauty of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) almost make it seem like a good thing.
Take a minute, though. If you think that pumping toxic chemicals into the ground under high pressure is without consequences, you are operating significantly below the human potential for critical thought.
If “they” tell you that it is harmless to the environment, they are lying. Remember when “they” told the town of Flint, MI that it was safe to drink the water from the Flint River?
Weren’t we content just spewing contaminants upward, into the atmosphere? Almost makes me long for the good old days, when sex was dirty and air was clean.
Out in Colorado I saw a commercial for fracking that featured a woman who said that without allowing fracking on her land, her farm would not be profitable. Two things immediately jumped out at me:
1. If you pay somebody enough money, they’ll say anything
2. That woman must be a lousy farmer
While it’s nice that an oil company is willing to subsidize that farmer’s income, it comes at a very steep price.
From fracking liquid spills to infiltration of aquifers (ground water) and increased seismic activity (earthquakes), fracking is doing irreparable harm to an increasingly fragile planet. The Earth and its surrounding atmosphere can not absorb every single pollutant man can invent.
You can read about some of that here.
Whenever you’re in doubt about an issue, follow the money. Who gains the most from fracking, who has nothing at all to gain by restricting it? Nothing at all, except for a livable planet to bequeath our children and their children.
It’s great that fracking creates jobs, but a lot of those jobs are going to low wage, undocumented workers. Just because we can create a job, doesn’t mean that we should.
Some people find employment clubbing baby seals to death for their pelts. Should that be a protected industry because it creates jobs? We could create jobs here by allowing dogs to be used for fur, like they do in China. Where do I sign up for that?
One last thought before we leave the fracking thing behind. It’s great to make natural gas abundant, but it also binds us even tighter to fossil fuels as a resource, discouraging development of alternative fuels. At some point, fossil fuels will run out.
In the next installment, we discuss the following paragraph, which someone sent me after Tuesday’s State of the Union address. It is not edited for either content or composition. This is a link to that discussion:
“Listening to the State of the Union address last night with Obama one would feel that everything in America is as rosy as can be. But realty set in on the stock market today. Between 1/3 to 2/3 of American crude oil company’s can close and that I’ll put thousands of people out of a job. Fracking is what kept our economy up. Our economy would have suffered a “depression” instead of a recession. Today the stock market dropped over 364 points; this year to date -1300 pt. sell off is over the expected 10% general corrections in a market. 2/3 of the S&P stocks is in bear territory. Hold on to your hats cause here we go again!”
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