Thursday, May 30, 2013
Fracking Knowledge Lacking
Apparently (via The Dish), 67% of Americans don't really know what fracking is. Fracking is hydraulic fracturing, the process of blasting a high pressure mix of water and chemicals into rock formations deep in the earth to release hydrocarbons - oil and gas. Fracking is one of the most important technological developments in years and could lead to United States' energy independence. Fracking has serious pros - low energy prices, less dependence on foreign oil, and economic growth - and cons - sustained reliance on oil and gas rather than alternative energy sources, and the potential for irreparable environmental damage. Fracking is an issue too important to ignore.