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Regarding your article “Fracking Fuss,” protestors need to educate themselves on the enormous benefits we receive from fracking and horizontal drilling.

We have progressed from being hopelessly dependent on foreign oil, which drained our economy and involved us needlessly in Middle East conflicts, to being a net exporter of oil in 2011, ending more than 60 years of net importing. U.S. natural gas production rose 75 percent from 1986 to 2012 and is now increasing at a much faster pace. Individual U.S. household incomes rose $1,200 last year due to lowered energy costs.

The book Comeback: America’s New Economic Boom projects that just the “upstream” fracking needs (i.e., those required to extract the oil and gas and transport it to a local transportation hub) will require about 3.5 million workers by the year 2035 and cumulative capital expenditure of over $5 trillion! When you include additional workers and capital needed to get the oil and gas from the local hubs to refineries and on to their final destinations, the economic boom will be staggering.

Overall, the boom in oil and natural gas production by fracking has brought great benefits to our environment. Adverse effects blamed on fracking have been isolated and anecdotal. On the positive side, the displacing of coal as fuel for electrical energy production has helped clear our air and water from coal plant pollution and extended the lives of all Americans.

Finally, this fear of fracking may all be a moot point. Recently a petroleum-based fracking fluid has been created that evaporates underground, obviating any groundwater pollution.

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"We have progressed from being hopelessly dependent on foreign oil, which drained our economy and involved us needlessly in Middle East conflicts, to being a net exporter of oil in 2011..."
Rather then stating why Fracking is safe which it is not, you frame the argument with the age old oil man's fantasy that gets the US into wars, allows us to support dictators and despots with that argument "for the greater good" that tells me you are nothing more than a mouthpiece for the industry.

contactjohn (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2013 at 5:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

you admit that we were (even though our country still is) involved in Iraq for oil, you forgot to mail me my $1200 since it wasn't seen in my energy bill, you lied with 'fracking has brought great benefits to our environment' and the ridiculous claim that injecting a petroleum based fluid underground will mysteriously disappear 'obviating any groundwater pollution' even though 'Adverse effects blamed on fracking have been isolated and anecdotal'. Hope your getting paid enough because based on this, you are a shill, a liar, and a sellout to the human race.

spacey (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2013 at 10:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes! Let us all educate ourselves on the safety of Fracking, in fact let us turn to Texas which has over 6000 Frack wells and listen to the residents who are having earthquakes as high as 3.6 and smell chemicals in the air right after the earthquakes, and who claim the all powerful oil and gas industry is preventing renewables such as wind and solar from expanding, and while we are at it let's educate ourselves on what the people of Massachusetts are doing to protect themselves, their environment and the future of their water supplies from the dangerous practice of fracking by banning fracking and yes lets see who is behind fracking, which is Wall Street, which is creating another bubble for speculators because the funding and the fees associated with fracking are the reason for the money being made available while wells run dry almost immediately, thereby another financial scandal waits in the wings as another reason why we should not believe the liars who promote the most dangerous environmental threat of our times.

Check out this story and educate yourself:

Massachusetts seeks 10-yr ban on gas fracking after series of Texas quakes

http://rt.com/usa/fracking-texas-acti...

contactjohn (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2013 at 3:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@contactjohn You do know what the RT of rt .com stands for don't you? Maybe someone needs some political agenda education before he links to ignorance and propaganda.

SBIP34 (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2013 at 6:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Contactjohn >>

1. The quakes you describe (and other reported around fracking sites) are sub 0.01 of richter scale. In fact, they are so small they are 1/10 of what is routinely used in underground mining operations with ZERO negative effect on anything or anyone.

2. Fracking has unlocked huge amounts of cleaner burning (vs. coal) natural gas, which in turn as dialed U.S. CO2 emissions back to 2002 levels as major electric utilities switch or build out natural case firing plants instead of coal. Wow! That's more than 100 *million* times as effective as ALL of the wind and solar power installed since 2002.

3. There is not a SINGLE incident of fracking causing water pollution of any water table/well. Not one proven incident.

4. Massachusetts does not seek a ban. Wacko environmentalists seeking ego expansions are seeking a ban. They prefer to use lies and mis-information and to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt among a poorly educated public to drive their anti-capitalist agenda.

realitycheck88 (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2013 at 10:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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