Rachel Alexander

The environmentalist movement’s latest target is fracking. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of extracting shale gas from deposits underground. Natural gas releases less CO2 than oil into the environment. For this reasons, environmentalists concerned with global warming should be pleased to be moving away from oil and toward natural gas, but instead they are trying to stop it, state by state as well as on the federal level.

This is because their real goal is not about reducing carbon emissions, but the radical change of getting people out of their cars and into public transportation. Not satisfied with incremental moves, environmentalists want to rush the process of moving people out of the suburbs and into tiny apartments located in big cities in order to satisfy their unproven, junk-science speculation that using natural sources of energy like oil and gas is bad for the earth.

Fracking started becoming prevalent in the U.S. about five years ago. The U.S. has plenty of natural gas reserves; the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates supplies will last for 230 years.

Environmentalists claim that fracking pollutes the drinking water supply and releases methane into the atmosphere, since it utilizes the high-pressure blasting of sand, chemicals and millions of gallons of water into the ground. They claim fracking is dwindling the water supply, and may be increasing earthquakes. The Oklahoma Geological Survey found that earthquakes in Oklahoma increased from 22 in 2009 to 222 in 2013, and are on track this year to reach over 780.

However, water can be conserved by reusing it; mixing it with quantities of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, or can be replaced completely with liquified petroleum gas in gel form. The amount of water used by the fracking industry is tiny compared to the amount used by other users, particularly agriculture. In Colorado, fracking uses just .08 percent of the water used statewide, whereas agriculture uses 85 percent.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of the Intellectual Conservative. She also serves as senior editor of The Stream.