in The Ithaca Journal
So who are the real environmentalists relative to the subject of fracking? Is it those that favor the world's dirtiest source of energy — coal? Or is it those who want to reduce coal as a source of energy in favor of production by a method with at least 50 percent less greenhouse gases and over 90 percent less of other deadly pollutants?
In the first group are pseudo-environmentalists who, by opposing fracking, are in effect advocating the continued use of coal. They talk about solar and wind, but the reality is that significant energy from these clean sources may be decades away — conversion to gas can be done relatively quickly.
They talk about safety problems relating to fracking, but over 1.2 million fracked wells have been drilled in the U.S. with only minor problems, as witnessed by the fact that over 30 states and the federal government have backed fracking.
There will be some safety problems with all forms of energy generation (including wind and solar) and experience has shown that proper regulations have resulted in few problems with fracking. Also, there is potential in newer, safer nuclear...