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senate Bill S. 3247

Should the U.S. Ban Fracking by 2025?

Argument in favor

Fracking allows the U.S. to continue its ill-advised reliance on greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. While this legislation wouldn’t fully eliminate fossil fuel use in the U.S., it would go a long way toward reducing U.S. fossil fuel production and, consequently, consumption. This would have a significant impact on reducing human-produced greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and its attendant ills.

jimK's Opinion
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08/29/2020
Too many problems with fracking damaging land, causing earthquakes and polluting aquifers. We do not need oil which is currently more expensive to extract than can be returned by unmanipulated markets, and the future of oil for fossil fuels is greatly limited given the need to address the climate crisis. So why keep doing it? Natural gas will be used for awhile as oil burning is slowed but is not the longer term answer - and there are other more accessible sources for natural gas. So, why keep doing it?
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DRothschild's Opinion
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08/28/2020
Actually, because of the substantial and permanent environmental damage it does, fracking should be banned right now. But, I will settle for 2025. However, because Congress has been for sale to the highest bidder for at least 40 years, I don’t even expect that to happen to be quite honest. You were elected to represent us, not line your own pockets. And you certainly weren’t elected to represent the interests of big business against those who elected you to serve. Here’s a novel idea: why don’t you actually live according to the oath of office you took when you were elected? That’s a new concept, I know, but try to wrap your head around it.
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08/28/2020
Fracking is used on old wells that they can’t pump anymore. Fracturing the earths crust to get the last drop of oil doesn’t make much sense when we have no shortage of accessible oil. The environmental impact is too great, contaminating aquifers that is needed more than oil. You need water to survive and oil doesn’t taste good at all It’s not cheep oil. Each pump trailer cost $1,000,000. Each, it takes ten trailers plumb in series to fract a well and tens of thousands of gallons of water and chemicals that isn’t disclosed because of “trade secrets”
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The use of fracking to produce low-cost natural gas has generated millions of high-wage American jobs, lessened U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources & increased exports to foreign allies, and delivered low cost energy to households that emits less greenhouse gases than coal. Banning fracking would be devastating to the U.S. economy and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Sneaky-Pete's Opinion
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08/28/2020
The use of fracking to produce low-cost natural gas has generated millions of high-wage American jobs, lessened U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources & increased exports to foreign allies, and delivered low cost energy to households that emits less greenhouse gases than coal. Banning fracking would be devastating to the U.S. economy and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sneaky Pete. 8. 28. 20
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Caren's Opinion
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08/28/2020
No, and absolutely heck no!! This would destroy the economy in West Texas, New Mexico, and many other areas putting thousands out of work, which in turn would have a domino effect putting thousands more out of work and literally destroying communities and cities. Did you know that oil does more than providing gas and oil for transportation? Oil is used in manufacturing women’s makeup, plastic cups, plates, cleaning products, and a great deal of other commodities that would GREATLY impact our everyday lives. You should check it out before you think you can do without some things. You would have to go back to milk in glass containers and oh, transportation by horse and buggy because tires are also manufactured with oil.
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Daniel 's Opinion
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08/28/2020
The Democrats will make us dependent on foreign oil. They will make us small again. Just ship more job over seas.
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    Too many problems with fracking damaging land, causing earthquakes and polluting aquifers. We do not need oil which is currently more expensive to extract than can be returned by unmanipulated markets, and the future of oil for fossil fuels is greatly limited given the need to address the climate crisis. So why keep doing it? Natural gas will be used for awhile as oil burning is slowed but is not the longer term answer - and there are other more accessible sources for natural gas. So, why keep doing it?
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    The use of fracking to produce low-cost natural gas has generated millions of high-wage American jobs, lessened U.S. reliance on foreign energy sources & increased exports to foreign allies, and delivered low cost energy to households that emits less greenhouse gases than coal. Banning fracking would be devastating to the U.S. economy and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sneaky Pete. 8. 28. 20
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    Actually, because of the substantial and permanent environmental damage it does, fracking should be banned right now. But, I will settle for 2025. However, because Congress has been for sale to the highest bidder for at least 40 years, I don’t even expect that to happen to be quite honest. You were elected to represent us, not line your own pockets. And you certainly weren’t elected to represent the interests of big business against those who elected you to serve. Here’s a novel idea: why don’t you actually live according to the oath of office you took when you were elected? That’s a new concept, I know, but try to wrap your head around it.
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    Fracking is used on old wells that they can’t pump anymore. Fracturing the earths crust to get the last drop of oil doesn’t make much sense when we have no shortage of accessible oil. The environmental impact is too great, contaminating aquifers that is needed more than oil. You need water to survive and oil doesn’t taste good at all It’s not cheep oil. Each pump trailer cost $1,000,000. Each, it takes ten trailers plumb in series to fract a well and tens of thousands of gallons of water and chemicals that isn’t disclosed because of “trade secrets”
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    No, and absolutely heck no!! This would destroy the economy in West Texas, New Mexico, and many other areas putting thousands out of work, which in turn would have a domino effect putting thousands more out of work and literally destroying communities and cities. Did you know that oil does more than providing gas and oil for transportation? Oil is used in manufacturing women’s makeup, plastic cups, plates, cleaning products, and a great deal of other commodities that would GREATLY impact our everyday lives. You should check it out before you think you can do without some things. You would have to go back to milk in glass containers and oh, transportation by horse and buggy because tires are also manufactured with oil.
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    Fracking is associated with many environmental problems (triggering man-made earthquakes, disposal of dirty water & chemicals used in the process) and health problems (respiratory disease, cancer, adverse neonatal outcomes, dead animals, headaches, nausea, nose bleeds, etc). https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200302122540.htm https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2020/06/25/pa-grand-jury-report-on-fracking-dep-failed-to-protect-peoples-health/ https://www.bcaction.org/our-take-on-breast-cancer/stop-fracking/ https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/12/e1603021.full https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/fracking-linked-low-weight-babies https://marcelluscoalition.org/2019/09/scientists-find-studies-linking-fracking-to-health-impacts-poorly-designed-inconclusive/ https://marcelluscoalition.org/2019/09/scientists-find-studies-linking-fracking-to-health-impacts-poorly-designed-inconclusive/ https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969720320106 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/12/data-from-11-million-infants-suggests-fracking-harms-human-health/548315/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw-af6BRC5ARIsAALPIlU5179NvXjOqZ4wv5fJYqUETiUyypSWEzJzOSwQVqbY6cAz-bY0EcUaAmuYEALw_wcB
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    The Democrats will make us dependent on foreign oil. They will make us small again. Just ship more job over seas.
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    They should ban fracking.....yesterday.....It is an absolutely MORONIC and dangerous process.....Why wait for five years?...Waiting..... ANOTHER moronic idea.
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    Fracking allows the U.S. to continue it foolish dependency on greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. While this legislation wouldn’t fully eliminate fossil fuel use in the U.S., it would go a long way toward reducing U.S. fossil fuel dependency. This would have a significant impact on reducing human-produced greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming and its attendant ills.
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    We are destroying the planet. We are careless, stupid and selfish as hell. Fracking is one of the nastiest things we have come up with. This and large drag net fishing that snares everything in its path. I hate the human race.
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    Fracking causes earthquakes ask anyone in Iklahoma
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    Fracking should be banned today.
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    Support this bill. End harmful fracking in USA. Protect our public from harmful chemicals. Ban fracking.
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    YES. YES. YES.
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    The sooner the better for all. Reliance on fossil fuels means we continue to pollute the earth, destroy important ecosystems and worsen climate change. We are passing on thousands of new jobs and technologies which could have a positive effect on the entire world.
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    Representatives, Most STRONGLY SUPPORT Senate Bill S. 3247! This bill would ban hydraulic fracturing (often referred to as “fracking”) in the U.S. by 2025. On Balance Fracking Is Very Bad Many of our "conservative" friends think that any strong position counter to the single true ideal of pure capitalism: "Profit Above All Else" is totally unacceptable. Ignoring the relative value of "Profit Above All Else, " lets look at why Protecting the Environment should also be considered in even Capitalist's best interest not just in the best interest of Tree Huggers, Nature Lovers, Liberals and Progressives. Let's accept as fact that 1. Fracking has the ability to provide large amounts of energy. 2. Lowering the price of Energy for the consumer is, by itself, good. Lets look at the Downside; there is much to consider. Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as tracking can be detrimental to the environment due to the potential hazards the procedure presents, including using large quantities of a given local communities water supply, air and water pollution, soil and oil spill contamination and induced seismic activities. Fracking also poses serious health concerns to the workers and the people within the general vicinity of the operation. Health Issues A variety of health problems are associated with Fracking: * Air Pollution (The U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of methane annually, for a leak rate of 2.3% of all production. * The Pollution of Drinking Water from spills and burst pipes. * The releasing of carcinogenic chemicals from the ground into the surrounding groundwater * Respiratory problems * Problems during pregnancy * Long-term effects on the soil and surrounding vegetation. The high salinity of wastewater spills can reduce the soil's ability to support plant life. * Noise, stress and sleep deprivation if one lived in the neighborhood of a Fracking Site. Also, Fracking has been known to create seismic tremors. The Key Issue Ignored Fracking profits go to private industry but the public—families and communities—bear the costs of the many health complications from the drilling. References https://www.reference.com/article/fracking-bad-b5f6921a2158d803 https://www.reference.com/science/fracking-bad-environment-853908e72ed06399 https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/011915/what-are-effects-fracking-environment.asp https://www.forbes.com/sites/judystone/2017/02/23/fracking-is-dangerous-to-your-health-heres-why There's plenty more! Note: These are not Nature Lover / Liberal Sites
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    We can shift to solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal sources. Why should anyone use natural gas from fracking
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    Trump lives in a metro area in a tower. He does not care one wit about how much wilderness or Eco system he destroys. It doesn't make any difference whether it's fracking for gas and oil, off shore drilling, or mining in the boundary waters. Have congress pass a bill for fracking to be allowed at Mar A Logo and see how fast you get a reaction.
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    Fracking should be banned NOW, Imagine the damage another five years will bring!
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    Oil is doomed, even big oil knows it’s true and they are investing their way out of the business. The faster we develop alternative fuels the further ahead we will be in the new world energy market place.
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