Fracking in America

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Energy independence. Two words that became very important in the U.S. politics. For years now, the United States has tried to lower its dependence on foreign oil for its energy needs.
With stability in the Middle East in question, drilling at home has never been more attractive, but it often comes at a cost.

Natural gas extraction – fracking – is being touted as the answer. The way fracking is taking place, there are questions being asked about the process and its implications.
People have been aware for decades that the rock formation known as the Marcellus Shale has natural gas trapped inside it. But it took professor Terry Engelder to figure out how much was there. And what he found shocked everyone.

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  • http://twitter.com/3Salamanders Three Salamanders

    Excellent introductory piece. Should be required viewing in environmental science classes.

  • towelhead

    The maker of this video, al Jazeera is known a Jihad TV. These Muslim fanatics are terrified by the energy independence of the United States of America.

    • Jujubeans

      Yes, Muslims are scared of the u.s.a. leaving the middle east, ending a 70 year pillaging of natural resources in a foreign nation. The u.s.a. will then begin a 100 year pillaging of its own backyard with wanton disregard for the civilians living on the land, just like we have done to the middle east for so long. Yes, the Muslims must be terrified…….. No but seriously, your logic is retarded.

    • Jujubeans

      Yes, Muslims are scared of the u.s.a. leaving the middle east, ending a 70 year pillaging of natural resources in a foreign nation. The u.s.a. will then begin a 100 year pillaging of its own backyard with wanton disregard for the civilians living on the land, just like we have done to the middle east for so long. Yes, the Muslims must be terrified…….. No but seriously, your logic is retarded.

  • GreenSweden

    Towelhead, are you retarded or just working for a gas company? Get your facts right about Al Jazeera! You just make Americans look stupid whit your words.
    “Frack you” =) BTW… Fracking is bad for all living things!

  • alen

    the only way to energy independent usa is making house power plants from sources available in nature, wind, sun, geothermal power, tide, etc

  • dmidify

    Around minute 15:00, over a billion dollars was invested into green jobs, they all went bankrupt. Wind energy heats up the ground below it by an average of 1 degree per year, it doesn’t sound like much, but it actually destroys the environment worse than oil. When presenting an entirely new way of creating energy, it would be foolish and naive to jump head first into it, as if it is the savior of humanity. We need to be careful and precise, it took over 100 years of trial and error to get to the safety standards we even have today with the energy sources we use currently. Stop expecting an instant fix you wacko’s.

  • Jacob

    “F*cking America” can’t even stop to think their destroying there own land, let alone everyone else’s. wether it be for political or egotistical capitalistic gain.

  • Liberty Minded

    Property rights are the foundation of all rights

    We must stop special interests from violating property rights and
    literally driving families from their homes, farms and ranches. We also
    face another danger in regulatory takings: Through excess regulation,
    governments deprive property owners of
    significant value and use of their properties–all without paying “just
    compensation.”

    - Ron Paul