Fracking is a way to get natural gas out of the rocks in the earth. It is poison and environmentally bad, no matter what they tell you. I hate the whole idea. I hate it as much as I hate coal mining, I think it will probably destroy a lot of good clean water and mess up some beautiful natural spaces. I am still in favor of fracking. Because people are stupid.
I remember when I was working for a newspaper in 1973 at the start of the first oil crisis and I noticed that the local gas company was still running advertisements for people to use gas. I called them up and got a PR hotshot and asked how come it was, if gas was scarce, they were advertising for people to use more of it. He phrumped around a lot and then got back with “We gotta stay competitive.” Which made no sense then and still does not.
Fact is we have known that we are playing with a finite pile of resources since at least the mid 1960s… if anyone did any thinking at all… which, of course, no one does, we would have figured it out earlier. We killed off all the Buffalo. How long before we used all the water? . We went through the water thing in the Midwest. Between 1950 and about 1975 we pretty much drained dry the largest inland aquifer (the Oglallah) that ever existed. People knew it was drying out…. The water got saltier by the year… but the general response was … “well we need the water for crops.” No one considered drip irrigation systems or using crops that didn’t need as much water. They now have no choice
We started saying publically that we are using too much oil about the time the Saudis’ embargoed our oil supply in the 1970s. But we have done nothing to encourage conservation. We have never had a sensible energy policy. (Jimmie Carter tried.) The public goal has always been cheap gas and big cars. I don’t know why. Small cars are fine. If everyone drove cars like my (40 MPG Saturn), the oil would last years longer, air would be cleaner. People are stupid.
People now believe that if they get hybrids or electrics they will solve the problem. But electricity is not clean energy. Most of it is generated by coal. And if not coal, nuclear, and if not nuclear… gas, which means fracking. We all hate coal, but most people keep their air conditioners full blast and wonder why the air is getting dirtier. Bet money the same people who bitch about the birds killed by windmills and fight against off-shore wind farms also bitch about coal mining and drive SUVs. People are stupid.
Now we have people bitching about fracking. Bet it’s the same people. People are stupid. Might as well face it and frack the hell out of those lovely hills of upstate New York.
Some time, maybe in my lifetime, which I expect to run another 40 years, there will be a massive human die-off. Famine is already starting in the usual places. Crops in the USA are strained …what with the flooding Mississippi and Missouri, the Texas drought. Africa is starving as usual. The Chinese are having floods and droughts and massive storms. The sea level will rise up to 20 feet, Al Gore says, and drown Bangladesh, numerous Island nations, half of Manhatttan and Florida.
Frack away. Mother Earth will get her revenge.