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Fracking is the wrong path forward

Charles Lane, in his Sept. 17 op-ed, “Democrats: This is why we need fracking,” framed recent strikes on Saudi oil production as an economic and foreign policy flash point and alleged it would be even worse if we as a nation had not already adopted “fracking” to get more natural gas and to become more energy-independent. He claimed the developments in the Middle East have “reminded us of fracking’s strategic benefits.” He praised the benefits of fracking as being better for the environment than coal and, if regulated, better than dependence on coal.  Mr. Lane dismissed the environmental costs of fracking. Fracking does more immediate harm to the environment in a moment in which the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has explained that there must be an international “unprecedented shift in energy systems.”   Read more....

 

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