The State of New York is heavily invested in hydraulic fracturing, better known as hydrofracking. The government insists that widespread hydrofracking in the state will stimulate the economy and create jobs.
Our politicians focus, as usual, on short term effects, and totally ignore the long term. Noteworthy environmental opposition has been made to the State’s plans, and with good reason. Hydrofracking does considerable violence to the environment. It breaks up rocks, creates filth, contaminates spring water and releases dangerous gases. Other detrimental effects are perhaps yet to be seen.
We have known since before the OPEC oil embargo of 1973 that oil’s days should be numbered. Yet we have continued to go along with politicians who insist on getting oil at the environment’s expense. There is still considerable talk of drilling in the Arctic. The federal government deregulated the oil industry, and thus allowed a mess to be made in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago.
It is high time that we turned to developing better, safer means of energy.