New Study Exposes Dangers of ‘Fracking’

by Green Jobs Ready on April 14, 2011

A study published this Tuesday by three Cornell professors has reignited the debate over the use of natural gas. The study gives substantial proof to what environmentalist have long been saying; natural gas is not a green alternative or viable solution.

For a long time natural gas has been a meeting ground, or ‘bridging fuel,’ for environmentalists and politicians. However this study shows that the process used in the gathering of gas, namely high volume hydraulic fracturing, nicknamed ‘fracking,’ makes the greenhouse gas emissions of natural gas worse than coal especially in the short term. The study states that “compared to coal, the footprint of shale gas is at least 20% greater and perhaps more than twice as great on the 20-year horizon and is comparable when compared over 100 years.”

Clearly the talk of natural gas as a ‘bridging fuel’ can now be put to rest. To drive this point home the study conclusion states, “the large [greenhouse gas] GHG footprint of shale gas undercuts the logic of its use as a bridging fuel over coming decades, if the goal is to reduce global warming.”

However, for this study to make any difference people must come to recognize the impact of what it proves. We already knew natural gas had short terms hazards (in fact we have even reported on it before), but now knowing the severity these hazards pose to the environment we must convince other more than ever of the necessity for new clean renewable energy platform for this country.

Currently, the Obama administration has a more than disappointing stance towards the environment; they still support nuclear fission and allow our wilderness to be abused. However, if they alter their stance on natural gas, which at the moment they support, it will be a crucial step toward a greener platform for the administration. The investments that will come from the veer away from natural gas to green technologies will create green jobs and a brighter future.  So, read the study and get informed about this issue, then inform others.

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