The chief argument used by anti-fracking protesters is that, put bluntly, fracking is bad for the environment. Why, anti-fracking proponents ask, when we could implement renewable energy across the board, would we waste our time with a process that’s not good for the environment and the people living in it?
Perhaps environmentalists would argue that the answer to that question is “money.” But, let’s assume for a second that the people who run oil and gas companies aren’t interested in completely destroying the planet just to pad their pockets. They live here, too, after all. Perhaps there’s another reason that the country continues to rely more and more heavily on hydraulic fracturing?