Fracking Is Dangerous: The High Cost of Cheap Gas

Fracking, a drilling technique used to extract natural gas, has been touted as a cheap and abundant source of energy, but it comes at a high cost. The process involves injecting high-pressure water, sand, and chemicals into the ground to fracture the rock and release the gas, leading to concerns about water contamination, air pollution, and induced earthquakes. Despite assurances from the industry, scientific studies have linked fracking to health problems such as respiratory issues, birth defects, and cancer. Additionally, fracking contributes to climate change by releasing methane, a potent greenhouse gas, and it perpetuates our reliance on fossil fuels, delaying the transition to renewable energy sources. By considering the true costs of fracking, from environmental degradation to human health risks, we must question whether the pursuit of cheap gas is worth the price.