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Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know? 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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The PRO side
+ fracking blasts apart the decades-long presumption of limited supply
+ there is no peak oil
+ low cost energy increases domestic manufacturing
+ exports increasing
+ OPEC getting crushed as global oil prices fall. Some very bad regimes are hurting now. That's good.
+ transforming transportation
+ decades of environmental evidence on fracking demonstrates no harm
+ natural gas power plants emit only half the GHG as coal
+ do methane leaks negate the good news onGHG? EPA statement from 2013, page 67
+ good quote: Pragmatic leaders understand... that with natural gas we don't have to choose between our economic and environmental priorities. (66)
Opponents of fracking say the larger point is not climate change or green house gases, but a required move away from energy production. The book presents the CONs of fracking.
- water use, especially in the west
- road use
- visual aesthetics
- potential for drinking water contamination
- studies on fracking have been limited to drilling, do not include accidents or spills
A few notes on the book:
(76) ProPublica is not an "independent online newsroom." They are a leftist propaganda group.
The EPA is facing political and financial problems complying with all the studies fracking opponents demand.
After the EPA poisoned the Animas River and the Navajo nation in retaliation over a land use dispute, people are right to be suspicious of the EPA's politicised findings.
The adverse health section offers too.many hypotheticals and unsubstantiated anecdotes. More academic rigor is needed - the situation is too emotional.
In many places, the problem is old infrastructure, like in Boston (90)
The conclusion is exciting: the opportunities for innovation brought by low cost, clean natural gas make renewables a much h worse option. As far as the grid, delivery, and storage systems, renewables are more.environmentally damaging. Financially they are ruinous. And try building a hydroelectric dam in the west. Environmentalists will not permit them to be built.
Decades of research, testing, and innovation have produced the fracking revolution. It is not inevitable. Politics could still stop it.
The book has a huge notes section and a great bibliography. Excellent for high school research project.