In their campaign speeches, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been either openly unsupportive or actively negative about fracking, harping primarily on its effect on global climate change and on the risk of groundwater contamination.
With regard to the latter, states have demonstrated that the industry can be properly regulated for safe and environmentally responsible operation. And while methane emissions should and will be further controlled, fracking-based natural gas production is by far the single biggest reason U.S. carbon dioxide emissions have declined so much in the past 10 years. It has also been a major boon for U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.
Without fracking — which President Barack Obama also didn’t support — the country would be suffering the regressive effect of much higher household energy prices, and U.S. manufacturing would not be enjoying the boost provided by low-cost natural gas. Both these factors would have rendered the still anemic recovery of the U.S. economy even more lackluster than it has been.
Jim Sorensen, Boalsburg
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