Yesterday, I tweeted quite a bit. Did you know I am the only three-legged dog that tweets? Well, I might not be the only one, but I have got to be the most adorable. There was a town hall with Obama on Twitter yesterday, and I wanted Obama to comment on fracking.
He didn’t, really. But he did comment on foreign dependence on oil, saying, “Drilling will not get us out of this problem.” I found this quite ironic, as one of the pro-natural gas arguments is “Drill a well, bring a soldier home.” (Incidently, I wonder, am I the only dog who finds this admission that we are fighting wars in the Middle East because of oil quite ironic, given the political affiliations of most frackheads and gasholes?)
Their faulty logic runs like this:
- America has enough natural gas under it to power America for decades.
- Fracking will get this natural gas.
- Then we will use it.
- Therefore, we will not have to rely on foreign energy sources.
“So, what’s the problem with that logic?,” you ask. Let me clear it up for you:
- America has enough natural gas under it to power America for decades (supposedly, but not necessarily, as these projections are based on a relatively small number of wells, as reported recently by Urbina and others).
- Fracking will get this natural gas (but ruin our water in the meanwhile).
- Then we will NOT use this gas because it will be sold to overseas buyers like China.
- Therefore, we will continue to rely on foreign energy sources.
Humans, don’t be naive. Think critically. Think like a dog. Sniff things out. Don’t rely on superficial arguments that tug at your patriotic heartstrings. Fracking is not American. The leading gas company in my neck of the woods isn’t even an American corporation, for Pete’s sake. It’s time to ask what is really going on.