Annotated Works Cited: Fracking

Economy Sources:

  1. Brown, Paul. “Fracking to boost U.S. economy $2000 per household – report.” RTCC (Responding to Climate Change) 10 Septempber Fri. 17 January, 2014.

This article talks about the income people benefitted from having the oil companies work on their land and also how many companies do not mention the climate changes and effects that have begun around hydraulic fracturing. The main point of the article is to provide the number of profits earned for the average family due to hydraulic fracturing. It speaks about household income, the new energy future, and the revitalization of US manufacturing. So, for our narrative, the information on the site was useful because it gives insight on how the public can also benefit from the oil industry’s success. Compared to other resources, however, it’s not as helpful as some of our other sources because it only has a quick summary instead of a long analysis. The information is also reliable since the article cannot be edited by people other than the author and it has links that lead the reader to the site that the fact was referenced from. Furthermore, the article does not seem objective because the author does not take a stance about hydraulic fracturing. And the goal is to inform the reader about some of the benefits of fracking. This source was useful to our research because we were able to determine how much a family benefited from the fracking franchise boom which is something that we had never known before. It helps to shape our argument by presenting a statistic about how everyday household families benefit from hydraulic fracturing, not just the oil enterprise. We used it to present a positive viewpoint of fracking so it would bring a different voice into our analysis. Lastly, it has brought a different perspective so it has lessened the bias that was cultivated by the environmental point of view.

  1. Goodell, Jeff. “The Big Fracking Bubble: The Scam Behind Aubrey McClendon’s Gas Boom.” Rolling Stone. March, 2012 Fri. 17 January, 2014.

The topic of this article gave us details about the second largest producer of fracking, Aubrey McClendon and his ‘accomplishments.’ It seems that the point of the article is to give a quick background about hydraulic fracturing and the ways the company benefited from the oil/gas boom: it’s to inform. The topic is mostly covering the economic viewpoint of the three narratives that we’ve used for fracking. Furthermore, if someone asked about the article, I would explain to them that it’s an interesting read if they want to know about the company, but other than that, it may not satisfy their curiosity. Plus, it’s a useful source if they’re researching companies that play a role in the gas/oil industry. However, compared to the other sources that were used, its helpfulness was limited because it’s focused on a singular company. Moreover, I am confused on whether it is biased, because one moment it is glorifying shale drilling and then argues on how natural gas may be more dangerous than fossil fuel. Yet, it aided our narrative because we needed background info on the Aubrey McClendon since he’s a large player in his field. It would have shaped our analysis by transforming McClendon from a large mogle figure into a human being of flesh and blood. (If we had chosen to go down that route) Lastly, it hasn’t changed our opinion on the topic as so much as identifying him as a person.

  1. Furchtgott-Rott, Diana. “Can fracking save the U.S. economy?” MarketWatch, Inc. October, 2013. Fri. 17 January, 2014.

The topic of this article uncovers the statistics about how the increase in shale drilling wells improve  the GPA (Gross Domestic Productivity) and oil/ gas production in the U.S. and in other countries. The point of this article is that it provides the audience a statistical overview of comparison between the past and the present of how the performance of shale drilling  improved during the years. The topic it uncovers is mainly within the economics point of view since it provides more facts about the difference in government oil/ gas management of different countries compared to the U.S. On the side note, the article also describes the increase in income within the states to show the beneficial effects of creating a cheaper energy source. If someone were to ask me about this article, I would tell them that it’s a useful article to find out more about income increase, productivity increase, and drilling permit decrease to drill in a new location. However, I wouldn’t rely on this article too much since it doesn’t provide any analysis as to why productivity has increased or why the demand of more wells are increasing or why permits to drill are easily obtainable nowadays. Compared to other sources, this article highlights key numbers that proves fracking is beneficial to the economy except it doesn’t provide any quotes or direct evidence from local or company interviews to back up the statistics provided. As for being biased or objective, this article leans towards being objective on the matter of fracking but biased towards the discussion of the U.S. government  because it mainly talks about the difference of shale fracking back in 2005 compared to the shale fracking in 2011 without much of a personal opinion on whether America should continue or not. This is article is biased towards the U.S. government because it mainly displayed the faults of when the government shutted down without any back-up to the article’s judgement. The goal of this article is to be informative about how America’s cheap fuel production became a big investment for the states and for other countries in different parts of the world. The entire source supported our argument by a large margin as in, it helped fill in the missing statistics needed to complete how fracking has benefited economically towards the U.S. Plus, it didn’t change my opinion too much as to completely change it 180 degrees but it did help me see the positive sides of why people would consider fracking as a benefit economically.

Environmental Sources:

(I visited this website to find more information on the organization. They were central to the fracking protests, so I wanted to research to understand their motives and such.)

(For the narrative, I watched the documentary to get a better understanding of the effects of fracking on the environment. The documentary also provided good examples on water contamination.)

(This article provided an interesting viewpoint on what the people assume about fracking. It also debunked a few myths that politicians, who are pro-fracking, have made.)

(This article provided the necessary information on the decision of banning fracking in New York. Since it was focused on Governor Cuomo, who was also features on the poster, it helped with explaining of the success on anti-fracking protests)

Energy Independence Sources:

  • Burnett, Sterling. “How Fracking Helps Meet America’s Energy Needs | NCPA.” How Fracking Helps Meet America’s Energy Needs | NCPA. N.p., 24 Oct. 2013. Web. 23 Jan. 2014. <>

Article provided plenty of useful information on fracking. Includes amounts of oil recovered as well as natural gas throughout the years.

Talks about the benefits of using our own resources on our own soil rather than outsourcing. Includes opinion on whether other renewable energy sources would be better or not.

Gives demographics on people in support of fracking for numerous reasons. Also includes the amount of jobs and revenue fracking provides for Americans.

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