Natural Gas may be the cleanest of all fosil fuels, but it is still a fosil fuel that when burned emits greenhouse gasses (Natural Gas).
We need to be about the business of finding and developing alternatives to fosil fuels. We need to stop wasting time and money on exploiting and emitting carbon.
There are other reasons, good reasons, not to frack (Josh Fox). However, I would like to put forward an empathic reason: we are pumping harmful chemicals and water into Earth - the ground we tread upon, our mother - and blow cracks into her body in order to pump out her life force. Why must we be a species of death and destruction?
Anyway, this rant is inspired by the May 21st issue of Time. In the Sustainable Business, which must mean to keep business going and not to sustain the environment, section is Walsh's article, "The Golden Age: Could Europe and China's fracking forays remake global energy?"
Yes, fracking is newly popular.
Yes, we can get years of natural gas
Yes, there is money to be made.
However, the real question is should we frack?
The answer is, no. Fracking is to the Earth as is Looting the neighbor's house to pay for another hit of crack.
We are junkies. Yes, we are. We are addicted to the ease of economic growth promised and supported by consumption of fosil fuels.
Real sustainable business would not plunder the natural world for yet another limited resource, even if by limited, we mean generations.
Walsh, Bryan. "The Golden Age: Could Europe and China's fracking forays remake global energy?" Sustainable Business. Time. 21 May 2012. pp. 47 - 48