Hydraulic Fracturing Has Done More To Lower Air Pollution Than Environmentalists

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Thanks to fracking, we have a shale oil and gas boom here in the United States. The drilling technique has specifically made centuries worth of natural gas supplies available for exploitation by producers.

That means more natural gas is being used in our economy, displacing things like coal power, which has resulted in a tremendous drop in carbon emissions. A bigger drop, in fact, than has ever been accomplished by any bit of environmental action or public policy ever implemented (via Mark Perry):

Natural gas will cut U.S. carbon emissions by at least 300 million tons in 2012 alone. How much is 300 million tons? It is about equal to the entire annual carbon emissions of Pennsylvania or an amount a little less than 1% of annual global emissions. It’s a lot. No single change in the energy marketplace in the last decade has yielded more carbon reductions than the displacement of coal generation by natural gas.

The fact that the rise of natural gas has avoided more carbon than any other single change in the marketplace is proving inconvenient to those who bash gas. The rise of gas is also slashing sulfur dioxide, mercury, soot and other emissions that cause hundreds of thousands of illnesses each year. Ignoring these facts betrays our health, environment, and economy.

If you want to thank someone for cleaner air, don’t go to the EPA or Al Gore or Barack Obama or your nearest hybrid car dealer.

Thank a fracker.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Meyerjh

    The left will never admit this.  Their goal is to have higher priced, less available energy, no matter what the source.  It is their ultimate goal to control every citizen, and they plan to do it through rationing healthcare, energy, water, and anything else the average person needs to live a comfortable lifestyle.

    • Broadway Joe

      But they have admitted it.

      You know, when I was asked earlier about the issue of coal, uh, you know — Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I’m capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it — whatever the plants were, whatever the industry was, uh, they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers….Candidate Obama

      • $8194357

        But where did the main stream media coverage go on Barrys energy manipulation plans for Soros INC?

        Chirp…chirp…chirp…silent consent….

    • $8194357

      There is a mouthfull of truth jh…
      10 double x

  • Onslaught1066

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  • mickey_moussaoui

    The left are just angry little people, jealous of everyone else who accomplish anything significant. They are not true “scientists”, they are emotional wrecks waiting for a manufactured crisis to give them meaning.

    • $8194357

      As were most of the Nazi regime…
      Academic Goebells looking little hitler wanna bees with the power of life and death over the masses….
      Power corrupts stunted little men completely, huh..

      These academic types can cold heartedly fire the ovens and plan the burials of millions…

  • mikemc1970

    This is why the leftists have to attack fracking on other, made up grounds. It’s too successful in providing clean cheap energy. With clean cheap energy the American manufacturing sector could grow exponentially, when what they actually want is America to transfer all of it’s manufacturing industries over seas, to third world countries in order to “spread the wealth”.

    Environmentalism = Socialism

    • $8194357

      Bang 10X..

      and they are going to tell us all about it in June in Rio…

      Soros been tellin folks the plan since he bought Billary and moved them to Indonisia and China with him…

      the UN’s Agenda 21….

      Ive been watching this crap since the early 90’s and they are doing most of it right out in the open as the rest of the world jumps on board and Americans are treated as mushrooms, fed shit and kept in the dark…

      Been telling anyone who would listen for close to 20 years…Wake the heck up..

  • jetson

    Ill never forget when I lived in Homer Alaska while I was working on my skippers seine boat. Greenpeace pulled into the harbor to fill up with diesel fuel so they could continue on their voyage to the north slope to protest oil development . My thought then and now was and is, why arent they in a sailboat?

    • awfulorv

      Too bad you didn’t slip a little fish oil in with that diesel…

  • yy4u2

    Thank you all you mother(s of) frackers!!

    • $8194357

      Creative

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001934604826 Energy Tomorrow

    Rob,

     

    I wish more people understood the many benefits of
    innovative technologies like hydraulic fracturing. Fracking has opened the door
    to unconventional shale resources, granting access to the 100-year supply of
    clean-burning natural gas that is right beneath our feet. The U.S. energy
    revolution — fueled in large part by record production in North Dakota — is
    boosting our energy and economic security, creating jobs in important sectors
    like manufacturing and the chemical industry.

     

    At API, we view the White House’s recent executive order on
    hydraulic fracturing as a welcome step and preferable to a regulatory mishmash
    from 10 separate federal agencies. API President and CEO Jack Gerard explained,
    “We have one of the largest known reserves of natural gas in the world, and we
    need public policies based on sound science in order to develop this reliable
    source of energy.” You can read more about the White House’s interagency
    fracking working group here: http://energytomorrow.org/blog/white-house-fracking-group-positive-step-forward/#/type/all

     

    Mark, EnergyTomorrow.org

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