Should there be a ban on fracking?
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North Dakota is a perfect example of the economic benefits that the natural gas industry has given to the United States. Ever since the natural gas boom there unemployment has dropped and it has the lowest unemployment rate in the country at just 2.7 percent and has led the United States to become the number one oil and gas exporter in the world, ahead of Russia and China.
There are a range of health concerns surrounding Hydraulic Fracturing. These include: neurological (headaches, dizziness), respiratory (cough, nose bleeds), gastrointestinal (stomach aches, diarrhoea). In addition, people have concerns about long-term disease rates of exposure to cancer-causing fracking chemicals in the air and water.
The opposition talked about green energy, and supposed the question, why should the United States spend money on "green energy?" It is true, natural gas emits less CO2 then oil and coal. But natural gas emits more CO2 then reliable sustaining sources of green energy, such as wind energy and solar energy. And when Natural Gas needs to be obtained by such dangerous processes (Hydraulic Fracturing), it is a much simpler solution to use other alternatives. Alternatives that are reliable and do not pose health hazards.
The opposition talked about the economic benefits, and maybe during a time of recession this argument can be emphasised, but we need to remember the dangerous health risks involved with this practice of fracturing. And why can't other forms of more sustainable energy be used to economically benefit people as well? Solar Panels, while expensive to install, save money on a long-term basis. We can produce jobs revolving around better choices of energy: sustainable, safe energy? And we must do this, because Hydraulic Fracturing is detrimental and possesses clear health risks.
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