Prominent politicians and activists have called for a ban on fracking, the process by which America produces most of its oil and natural gas. Opponents of fracking claim it does more harm than good to Americans and the environment.
While fracking has changed the energy landscape in the United States, these changes have been for the better. Fracking has numerous benefits; it lowers energy prices which benefits consumers, it replaces coal with natural gas which lowers emissions and air pollution, and it increases energy production which strengthens America’s influence around the world. Despite the controversy, fracking is clearly a boon to the United States.
I address these matters in more detail in a recent op-ed posted at Real Clear Energy.