Americans still don't know a lot about hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a new study shows. And Professor Walter Russell Mead, at his blog, Via Meadia, weighs in on what that means.

Mead: "That the majority of respondents didnít know†anything about fracking (or at least anything relevant) isnít necessarily surprising, but it does say something about the debate surrounding it. Casual observers of the issue often engage in polarizing word association games rather than absorb detailed information about the pros and cons of fracking."

" ... fracking isnít an either/or issue. Thereís a balance to be struck that will allow us to reap the benefits of the shale boom without poisoning the land."

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