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Mathew Naismith

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Is hydraulic fracturing the answer especially when you take in consideration the environmental impact it is having?

Hydraulic fracturing is polluting the underground water which comes up through the cracks caused by the fracturing of the rock & ends up in our water ways. I think we have enough pollutants to deal with above & below the ground now!!

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  • Jan 18 2013: absolutely it's the answer! it's the answer to all those questions energy companies have had about how to keep making money, it's also the answer for their shareholders, and for politicians in a bind as to how to keep providing energy to their constituents when renewable energy is expensive and won't find their campaigns.

    there are a few people affected by bad water as a result of this sure, but they should be happy they live in america, the greatest country in the world! if they don't like it they can just leave. to be honest really if they'd just worked harder they could afford to move somewhere else anyway, and we don't need the government coming in and adding even more regulation onto the energy companies, freedom ftw! (note: being sarcastic, just in case it's been lost on anyone, as tends to happen over the internet.
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      Jan 18 2013: Sarcasm?
      No. All those energy companies making money for their shareholders and giving those politicians an edge instead of spending funds on uneconomical renewable energy mechanisms. Let's just close those SOB's down, we don't need the bad water that they must be doing, except we can't prove that in court. They must have bought off the judges too! We can get our energy just like the old days, cut wood from the back 40. Just have to figure out how to charge this laptop so I can tell everybody about it. Sarcasm indeed!
      • Jan 18 2013: well the thing is there are better ways to make energy, and it's sad that all the funds goto thermal power generation companies which makes it artificially cheap (if energy subsidies were ended oil and coal would be no cheaper than solar and wind), and those companies spend a lot of the money on disinformation to make sure people don't understand that the claimed problems with renewable are without merit.

        one of their favourites is to claim that wind and solar have too much downtime, but of course they don't tell you that coal and even nuclear plants spend about 40% of their time switched off for maintenance. another is that solar and wind take up too much space, and of course they don't mention that solar farms are put in the desert on land that isn't useful for anything else anyway, and that wind turbines are usually placed so their blades spin above crop fields which is also otherwise completely unused space.

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