Happy New Year’s, why fracking might be a bad idea

January 1st, 2011

 

On January 23rd, the Chinese year of the Dragon begins.  For the Chinese, the dragon is divine and the symbol of good fortune and great power.

 

Since the world is also supposed to end in 2012, (the Mayans probably just stopped creating the calendar at that point) we need all the power and good fortune we are going to get.

 

I am excited to see what will happen in 2012.  Good things.  Big things.  My kids texted me their New Year’s Eve plans which sounded pretty crazy/cool.

 

They are not ones to lay back and do nothing and let the party come to them.  They believe in making the party themselves.

 

We are having a good time in Nebraska.  The food is fine, and they have a lot icy cider.  And I am swimming every day here.  One thing I don’t like in the pool is boys doing cannon balls into the pool.  First of all, it is against hotel rules, secondly, it’s dangerous for the small kids and thirdly, it makes my head hurt.  And in the pool, I’m trying to get all Zen and everything and it’s really hard to Zen out with the screaming boys.

 

The world has a lot of problems to work on in 2012

 

 

  1. The Middle East
  2. Lack of health care world wide
  3. Food shortages
  4. Econonic downturn
  5. Energy shortages

 

I’m very interested in fracking which could release natural gas from under theU.S.  There is the little problem of the injection of the slurry of water, proppants and chemical additives.  A typical well uses 100,000 gallons of chemical additives.

 

People who like fracking say that we have a 100 year supply of natural gas which could reduce the U.S dependence on oil from unfriendly countries, but most experts seem to disagree with that.

 

People who disagree say that the slurry injected to release the gas is contaminating our water supply; however, in 2005, Congress exempted the oil companies from abiding by the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act.  The law which legalized fracking in theU.S.is called the Halliburton Loophole due to the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney’s involvement in the passing of the Halliburton Loophole to the energy bill made it possible to remove critical information from the final report sent to Congress.

Well, enough science.  I do think that the world has some serious problems and that the next generation will have their hands full.  But the Occupy movement makes me very happy because it feels like the next generation is up to the task of identifying problems, even huge problems and working to solve them and what else can we wish for?

The Occupy movement will hopefully become a true force of nature in 2012 and will morph into protesting other wrongs in our world—racial inequality, too many people being sent to prison in the U.S., the lack of health care and the poor quality of education.  To say nothing of government overspending on defense.  The next generation is engaged and I applaud the Occupy movement for getting their feet wet, and their tents set up.  Here’s to great changes in 2012.

 

http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/future_tense/2011/12/is_there_really_100_years_worth_of_natural_gas_beneath_the_united_states_.html

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