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The Energy Potential of Fracking

jdeal217 Wrote: Mar 04, 2013 12:54 AM
Continued/ I am absolutely and completely convinced that fracking is a bad choice for South Africa. The picture in America, and in other countries is not as Shell paints it. The communities in those countries, if not stacked against fracking are at least divided about the technology. Of the more than 100 media articles a day dealing with fracking around the world, on average 10% have reported positive aspects of fracking. It is not in South Africa’s interest to pursue shale gas. This will lock us into a deeper dependency on fossil fuels and delay the onset of renewable technology – which we so desperately need. A simple proposition followed by two questions that Shell won’t answer: Someday, all fossil fuels will be exhausted.

Say you were a politician, and there was a domestic energy source available that’s clean and abundant. One that has the potential to create new jobs and revitalize local economies. Would you do more to encourage it?

Silly question, you may be thinking. Why wouldn’t you do more to encourage it?

Well, this scenario is more than just hypothetical. I’m talking about natural gas, which is proving in these energy-hungry times to be more of a boon every day. The United States has plenty of it, and thanks to technological advancements in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”), it’s more...