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Fracking Drives U.S. Emissions to Two-Decade Low

More good news on the energy front.

Jordan Candler · Aug. 10, 2016

Evidence continues to show that fracking is not just financially beneficial, but safe. In 2014 the Institute for Energy Research reported findings estimating a high-end energy cost relief of a remarkable $248 billion in 2013 as a direct result of fracking. Meanwhile, in April, yet another study failed — as myriad other studies have — to link fracking to environmental contamination (naysayers, by the way, tried desperately to conceal this).

These facts alone are enough to raise serious questions about why ecofascists have launched an assault on fracking, a technology they supported before it became a concrete solution to the world’s purported environmental calamities. But there’s another area fracking benefits that garners hardly any attention, though it should for those who claim to be concerned about the greenhouse gas effect. The Energy Information Administration says carbon dioxide emissions are currently on pace to hit a 24-year low in the United States, according to the Washington Examiner:

Carbon emissions from fossil fuels are projected to be less than 5.2 billion metric tons this year, the lowest since 1992, said Adam Sieminski, the head of the Energy Information Administration, the Energy Department’s statistical and analysis arm. “The drop in CO2 emissions is largely the result of low natural gas prices, which have contributed to natural gas displacing a large amount of coal used for electricity generation,” he said, commenting on the agency’s latest monthly energy forecast released Tuesday.

This should be welcome news for the International Olympic Committee considering it approved Rio’s making a big deal of CO2 and “climate change” at Friday’s opening ceremonies. Actually, America is doing just great. But Brazil sure could use some work — starting with less deforestation and cleaning up its junk-ridden water.

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