Should Fracking be Allowed in the US?
Should fracking be allowed in the US? Fracking is the process of injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc., so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas. Fracking has many benefits to but it also has some environmental concerns as well. Fracking has a low chance of it going bad but the when it does go wrong it is a disaster. It affects many of its surroundings and has many chemicals that are not good for the environment. So should fracking be allowed, I think it should be allowed because even though it may affect many things it is a low percent that it will go wrong.
One reason why the US should allow fracking because a benefit to it is oil and gas. Fracking allows us drill thousands of feet to get access to the gas stored deep within the earth stones far below the surface. Also gas has been becoming cheaper and cheaper because it is more abundant. If we keep fracking gas can probably cost around 1 dollar a gallon. We also have time to adapt because fossil fuels are a non-renewable source of energy. We can use this surplus of gas thanks to fracking we can find effective ways of powering our cars and heating our homes.
Another reason is the reduction of air pollution. A main complaint is that fossil fuels cause air pollution. When oil and coal are burned they release carbon dioxide which contributes to greenhouse gases. On the other hand burning gas releases less carbon dioxide . This means the more we burn gas oppose to burning oil and coal the better the air quality is overall. This can help slow global warming down. Besides carbon dioxide, coal also releases dangerous compounds and elements into that air such as sulfur which is poisonous.
The last reason is we don’t have to rely on other countries. For instance we buy oil and gas from other countries so they control everything. The fact that fossil fuels are not distributed evenly all around the world is the real tension. Now because of fracking we now have more access to gas which means we no longer have to rely on other countries. Instead we can rely on ourselves on providing residents with energy.
In conclusion, fracking has many benefits that will help not only the country but the world. The reason why I think fracking should be used in the US is because it will make the air healthier, and make many things cheaper. Even though it could lead to a lot of pollution, exposure to toxic chemicals, and could lead to an earthquake it is only a little chance that something goes wrong. So I rather that we take our chances on fracking. This being said it means that it will benefit the US more than it would affect the US.