Environmental, sharia-free benefits of frackingJune 20, 2012
The West’s reliance on Persian Gulf oil (and the resulting profits that Arab fat cats use to fund terror) is diminishing thanks in part to the innovation of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in the U.S. which enables energy production from underground resources that used to be too difficult to access. Environmentalists, the EPA, and media outfits like NPR have tried desperately to create a negative perception about fracking, but it turns out that fracking actually reduces carbon emissions.
By the way, do you think the sharia sheiks of Saudi Arabia give a rat’s behind about the environmental impacts of oil drilling in the desert? No. One of the best ways to de-fund sharia and jihad, and to maintain the cleanest possible standards for energy productions, is to produce energy ourselves. From the Economist late last month:
America’s falling carbon-dioxide emissions
Some fracking good news
May 25th 2012, 15:28 by A.W. | LONDON
The International Energy Agency has just released some data that green-minded fans of shale gas should appreciate. The organisation’s latest figures show that America’s carbon-dioxide emissions from generating energy have fallen by 450m tonnes, more than in any other country over the past five years. The turnaround has been welcomed by many, and Fatih Birol, the IEA’s chief economist, ascribes much of the credit to a shift away from dirty coal towards cleaner gas, according to an article in the Financial Times.
The importance of coal in America’s energy mix has indeed tumbled since 1997, from almost half of electricity generation to just 36.7% in February, according to America’s Energy Information Administration (see chart). This has come about mostly because of an increase in the use of natural gas (from 21.6% to 29.4% over the same period) rather than renewable energy (from 8.3% to 12.1%).
However, the numbers may not be welcome among all environmentalists, some of whom tend to loathe shale gas because of the “fracking” process through which it is released from rock formations. Some greens claim that fracking contaminates the air and groundwater and can even cause earthquakes (although there is no evidence linking fracking to increased seismic activity, according to the US Geological Survey)…