Sunday, September 23, 2012

Natural Gas Fracking: A Debate (Yale Environment 360)

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Video: Debating the Complex Impacts of Natural Gas Fracking

At a panel discussion at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies this week, a group of experts tackled the controversial drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and complex questions about impacts on the environment, human health, and the U.S.’s energy future. During the discussion, former Shell Oil president John Hofmeister said natural gas made accessible by fracking is more than a “bridge fuel.” Natural gas, he said, is “a highway to the future, and yes, a highway to a clean, more sustainable future.” But environmental activist Bill McKibben countered that the fracking boom is stunting the U.S.’s emerging green energy sector and does nothing to stem climate change. “Fracked gas is not a bridge into the future,” he said, “but a rickety pier out further into the lake of hydrocarbons.” 

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