Fracking and Energy Independence

by Aster Ricks

Energy independence is one major factor in the fracking debate. The point of energy independence is to provide a source of energy as a backup in case the country, in which our source of energy currently comes from, decides to go against us. For a large majority of companies, fracking is the backup they like to choose, which is what some people like, because it is done on our own soil and not on a foreign country’s soil where many American citizens are called terrorists. Yet the percentage of people opposed to fracking rose, not just due to environmental or economical reasons, but also because they had no idea what fracking was and how it helped energy independence.

Even though fracking leads America to energy independence–a common demand among American citizens–people reject it because they have no idea what it is. However, even some who are generally opposed to the methods of fracking agree that it is a source for energy independence. Someone like this would be California’s Governor Jerry Brown, who signed a bill that ended up showing he favored a limited amount of fracking. By doing so, it showed signs of him not entirely in favor of fracking and what it does towards the environment, but he still made it known that he approved fracking for the benefit of producing energy independence to the country.

While fracking is not the only way to energy independence, the others prove to be less than reliable—considering they do not add up to nearly the same percentage used as other sources of renewable energy or even nuclear power—in the view of some. John Femly, Chief Economist of American Petroleum Institute, stated in this article  that “renewable power such as wind or solar will play a role in the U.S. energy mix, but remains a small segment, and that any economy needs a reliable source of power such as coal, natural gas and oil.” Wind power can only help as much as the wind powering it, and if there is no wind, there is no power. Same goes with solar power: no sun during a storm or when it’s overcast, no power. In fact, the same could be said for all these resources, but the fact that natural gas that can be extracted via fracking is in such bounty, it makes it a better choice than the renewable energy choices given how much more it is used according to this graphic representation:


This is the point many fracking companies like Cabot are trying to get across, that they provide a great source of energy despite what the costs environmentally may be (which they conveniently do not cover when attempting to coerce people into agreeing with them).

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Ale says:

    While I agree that fracking is a good to get our own energy, is it really worth the environmental dangers it presents? The effects it has on our water supply aren’t actually reassuring.

    1. amandalevin says:

      Ale, you remain the undisputed King of Understatement.

  2. imanik says:

    I was going to say what Ale said, fracking doesn’t seem worth the risk. And I would think renewable energy is only used a small percent because it’s new, and many aren’t used to being more environmentally conscious. As for solar power (not sure about wind) tons of energy is stored. So if there’s no sun for a while, there’s all of that stored energy to use.

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