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Reason: Why anti-fracking activists hold back the U.S.

By Jim Mackinnon Published: March 13, 2013

Stopping fracking is the latest cause of the silly people, writes reporter John Stossel at the web site Reason.

Stossel: "The real story on fracking, say scientists, is that the risks are small and the rewards immense. Fracking lowered the price of natural gas so much that Americans heat our homes for less, and manufacturing that once left America has returned. For those concerned about global warming, burning gas instead of oil or coal reduces CO2 emissions.

"... Time and again, as humans make a good-faith effort to find new, cleaner ways to produce the energy a growing population needs, environmentalists find a reason -- often very small or non-existent -- that makes the new method unacceptable.

"They say coal is dirty and normal oil production might overheat the planet. Hydroelectric dams kill fish. Nuclear plants could suffer meltdowns. Windmills kill birds.

"Some won't be happy unless we go back to what we did before industrialization: burn lots of trees and die young."

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