“No industrial activity is without risk, but the economic benefits to our economy and our workers from the energy produced from fracking far outweigh those risks.”
Bill O’Keefe writes in the Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Fracking has been a game-changer, indeed, for the United States, which has perhaps the world’s largest natural gas resource and a great deal of “new oil” to be tapped. Therein exists the potential for energy security — increasing supplies of reliable, affordable, domestically produced energy to meet the needs of a growing population and economy.
Fear of the unknown should not be allowed to be the driver of our energy policy or advances in technology. We would do well to remember the words of H.L. Mencken: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed … by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of which turn out to be imaginary.”