Fracking is an established technology that’s been a part of drilling in the United State for over 50 years. However, it’s only become a hot political debate in the last 5 years or so. You may be wondering: why do we suddenly care?
People are interested because fracking provides us with a valuable energy source: natural gas. How invested are we in natural gas? Well think about the many daily activities that require natural gas.
For example, do you have any of these things in your home? Paint…plant fertilizer…plastic products? Maybe you use miracle grow, paint, or plastic milk jugs. I’ll bet you didn’t know that natural gas is actually a base material in many household items.
Think about your morning routine. Maybe you pulled your clothes out of the dryer, grabbed some milk or leftovers from the fridge, or used the stove to fry some eggs. If you did any of these things, you used natural gas this morning.
Maybe you’re familiar with some of these appliances: a grill, a stove, a hairdryer, a water heater, a toaster, or really anything electric. All of these have probably been dependent on natural gas at some point in their life span.
In fact, around half of the homes in the United States use some type of natural gas heating system. Natural gas is also the largest source of electricity production in the nation, having just replaced coal over the last 5 years.
So, as you think about the significance of fracking, retrace your steps. Can you count the number of times you used natural gas today?