By BRIAN “DOUG” DEEKEN Wayne County Young Republicans
It is such a boon to the economy, and such a tiny and unproven risk to the environment, that only the most radical liberals can possibly be against it. In fact, this benign and efficient method of obtaining natural gas is one of the most patriotic things we can do.
For too long America has become increasingly dependent upon foreign energy sources. We have foolishly discouraged the use of coal and nuclear power, which comes from our own shores, in favor of crude oil from nations whose populace hate us. Rather than employ good blue collar coal miners in West Virginia, Kentucky and Wyoming, we have poured our riches into the hands of terrorists. One wonders how the United Mine Workers can stand being in the same party as those who destroy their jobs and futures.
Once upon a time the environmentalists championed natural gas as a clean alternative in both power generation and vehicular fuel. Transit buses across the country were converted from diesel to natural gas, replete with green stickers on their sides proclaiming how conscientious they were. Power plants embraced the gas turbine, especially for periods of peak electrical demand. Yet once again the green activists have moved the goal posts. Now they oppose the extraction of natural gas and claim that even the cleanest burning hydrocarbon on the planet, methane, is an enemy of the environment. There is simply no pleasing them.
It is not as if the environmental implications of fracking have never been studied. A 2004 EPA study showed no concerns whatsoever. When you stop to consider that the rock formations that get fracked are 5,000 feet or more deep it is little wonder. Our drinking water comes from much shallower depths and thus is unaffected. While continued care must be exercised, this method of natural gas extraction is quite safe.
Fracking is far from new. The technology was developed in the late 1940s and has been used successfully in millions of wells across the nation. If there were really a systemic problem with fracking we would know about it by now. We wouldn’t need some liberal mockumentary to warn us.
The concerns cited by the liberal environmentalists are mostly innuendo. They cite the use of, “chemicals,” in the fracking fluid. Have they read the ingredients on a stick of deodorant? The simple fact is that water and sand, that would be dihydrogen monoxide and silicon dioxide, comprise more than 99 percent of the fracking fluid. Carbonated soft drinks have more to worry about.
The same activists who oppose fracking also dislike coal, nuclear and oil. They decry the effects of windmills on birds, dams on fish and the use of chemicals in production of solar panels. Frankly, they just don’t like energy. That’s a fine personal position to take but it is wholly inappropriate for them to use the politics of fear to intrude upon the average American’s lifestyle by making energy prohibitively expensive and ultimately unavailable. Make no mistake, the green movement wants you to sit in the dark and cold all winter long.
The support for fracking is actually quite broad. Even President Obama, hardly a right-wing Halliburton puppet, spoke in favor of safely exploiting our natural gas reserves in his 2012 State of the Union address. With this safe and efficient method of natural gas extraction we can greatly reduce our dependence on foreign energy. No matter which side of the aisle you occupy that is a worthy goal.
- No link between fracking, contamination: Study (energyindependenceforstates.com)
- Fracking Study: It’s Not The Process Contaminating Groundwater, It’s the Sloppy Way They Do It (crooksandliars.com)
- EPA’s fracking, Keystone intervention snubs science (thehill.com)
- Study: No Link Between Fracking & Contamination (dfw.cbslocal.com)
- Fracking does not contaminate groundwater: study released in Vancouver (vancouversun.com)