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senate Bill S. 3247

Should the U.S. Ban Fracking by 2025?

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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
👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 S.3247 - Fracking Ban Act 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 I stand strongly opposed to Bernard Sanders (I - VT) Senate Bill S-3247, which would ban hydraulic fracturing (often referred to as “fracking”) in the U.S. by 2025. The fracking ban would go into effect in three phases: it would immediately institute a federal ban on all new federal permits for fracking-related infrastructure; then it would institute a ban on fracking within 2,500 feet of homes and schools by 2021; and finally, it would ban fracking nationwide beginning in 2025. 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. The Sanders legislation impacts sadly the oil and gas industry, fracking, federal lands, oil and gas industry workers, communities affected by fracking, and the U.S. energy market. SneakyPete. 👎🏻👎🏻S.3247👎🏻👎🏻 11.19.20
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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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AVL-Jimbo's Opinion
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08/30/2020
No. Fracking should not be banned, it should be regulated. There is SO MUCH misinformation around hydraulic fracturing that everyone who wants to save the environment has jumped on the bandwagon of saying 'all fracking bad'. This isn't the case. Fracking does not cause your water to be flammable, it doesn't cause earthquakes. It is generally used with natural gas wells and horizontal drilling so that a field can be accessed with FEWER wells doing LESS damage to the environment. The gas is coming out of the ground one way or another. It is much better that we capture and burn it. WHY? That seems crazy. Natural gas contains methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. True, but methane is only so toxic to the atmosphere if it IS NOT BURNED. Burned natural gas produces CO2, which is MUUUUCH cleaner than anything you can do with coal, which produces particulate emissions, releases mercury, etc. There is no such thing as clean coal. We need transitional fuel as we move toward larger solar and wind capacity. There is no way we will be ready to shut off gas power plants in 5 years. People heat their homes, cook your food, on gas. Banning fracking sounds like something everyone should get on board with, but when you look past the mob, critical thinking shows us that an outright ban on fracking is little more than a baseless talking point. Lets continue to move forward, thoughtfully. Making rash decisions does not move us forward, it only damages industry and causes stumbling points. I hope this has answered some of your questions and dispelled some commonly accepted myths. There is no question that there should be more regulation. Operators should be forced to disclose the nature of the chemicals they are adding to the fracking water so we can decide what is acceptable practice, thus far that has been closely guarded company secrets as they all think they have the best mixture. Regulation and transparency is the way forward. If you feel the need to ban something and do some good, shut down coal burning plants as we did in AVL.
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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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    👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 S.3247 - Fracking Ban Act 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 I stand strongly opposed to Bernard Sanders (I - VT) Senate Bill S-3247, which would ban hydraulic fracturing (often referred to as “fracking”) in the U.S. by 2025. The fracking ban would go into effect in three phases: it would immediately institute a federal ban on all new federal permits for fracking-related infrastructure; then it would institute a ban on fracking within 2,500 feet of homes and schools by 2021; and finally, it would ban fracking nationwide beginning in 2025. 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. The Sanders legislation impacts sadly the oil and gas industry, fracking, federal lands, oil and gas industry workers, communities affected by fracking, and the U.S. energy market. SneakyPete. 👎🏻👎🏻S.3247👎🏻👎🏻 11.19.20
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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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    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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    Support this bill. End harmful fracking in USA. Protect our public from harmful chemicals. Ban fracking.
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    Fracking should be banned today.
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    If one looks into fracking, one would never allow it. It must be ended ASAP. Alternative energy sources must be developed and put in place ASAP. But people like @Caren are correct. In areas where fracking is occurring, there will be severe economic consequences, including job loss. If we had a better "true people-oriented government," local, state, and federal programs, "we" could provide temporary economic assistance, job training, and relocation expenses.
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    YES. YES. YES.
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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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    We can shift to solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal sources. Why should anyone use natural gas from fracking
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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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    Fracking should be banned NOW, Imagine the damage another five years will bring!
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    They should ban it earlier. It is one of the most ecologically destructive energy production styles.
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    Yes, absolutely. Not necessary. Renewable, Green technology can provide all necessary energy needs at a lower cost, along with high-paying jobs.
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