Fracking has been nothing less but controversial in the United States. There have been many people who are greatly opposed to this practice, citing that the environmental damages that it may incur can bring forth drastic changes that can impair the ecosystem as a whole.
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What they fail to see, however, is the other side of the coin—the many advantages that this practice may bring forth in terms of energy and economy.
First and foremost, the main reason why fracking is seen as an advantage is because the country has the natural capacity to support it. Unbeknownst to many, America is abundant in natural resources, and it is only through fracking that these may be harnessed to support the many needs and wants of men.
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How much of these resources can be obtained by fracking? According to the Energy Information Agency, there’s approximately 750 cubic trillion feet of potentially recoverable shale gas in the country. This translates to approximately 24 billion barrels of shale oil for human consumption. Apart from slaking fuel demands unlocking these resources via fracking can also translate to more jobs, thus contributing to the solution in the longstanding unemployment crisis.
More than anything, this draws a clear and brighter picture of the US economy as a world leader—self-sufficient and energy independent.
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