The following is a response to the article “Ban Fracking Now” by Josh Fox, which originally appeared in USA TODAY. Josh starts his article by telling of how he had witnessed a job site that was drilling for natural gas, and how the procedure was affecting the people who lived near the area in a negative way. He continues to state how the act of drilling for natural gas or “fracking” has terrible consequences on the environment, due to the toxic chemicals that are used in the procedure, and the amount of water and air pollution it causes afterwords.
At first I thought natural gas was a better alternative to using coal, but that was before I read all the evidence that proves otherwise. This persuasive article is just another example of how our shameless drilling for resources disrupts people’s lives in the worst of ways. I strongly agree with the author’s opinion that there should be a ban on drilling for natural gas, before it becomes too popular. If fracking is polluting the air we breathe, then this information applies to everyone in the world. It’s a shame that of all the forms of alternative energy there are in the world, this is the one we turn to to reduce our dependence on oil. I know I don’t want the air I breathe and the water I drink to be contaminated with pollutants, just so the government can save a few dollars. The article was written in a persuasive way that was supported by scientific facts and information, and I thought his argument to be very convincing. To those who believe that drilling for natural gas is a good idea, I encourage you to read this, with hopes of creating awareness of the dangers of fracking, and changing that opinion.