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.
The following is a response to the article “Tourism is Poisoning the Mexican Caribbean” by Stephen Leahy, which originally appeared in the Global Information Network. Leahy’s article starts by explaining that the massive amount of tourism in Mexico’s Caribbean coast is causing excessive contamination to the groundwater ,and detrimental damage to the beautiful coral reefs that many tourists go to see. The primary causes of the pollution are pit latrines, septic tanks, leaking sewer lines, and golf courses, according Chris Metcalf, a researcher with the United Nations University’s Institute for Water, Environment, and Health. He continues to state how the problem is difficult to solve because of the amount of money tourists bring to the area, so environmental violations are overlooked in favor of more development.
Despite best efforts to prevent problems like this, there always seems to be some sort of issue like this going on somewhere in the world. It saddens me to know that in some places the environment is struggling, begging for help, but is quickly shot down for financial benefits, that is how this article is written out to me. I would think that the ocean would be the last area people would ignore pollution from, accounting that the ocean covers at least 70 percent of the earth overall. This article applies to just about every ocean loving vacationer out there, especially to tourists that go to the Caribbean and are not thinking about the consequences of their actions. Everyone enjoys a good trip to the tropics, I can respect that, and to most people, worrying about the environment while on vacation is likely the last thing on their minds. However it has reached a point, in this day and age, where sitting on a beach and doing nothing while coral reefs are shamelessly destroyed should seldom be an option. With all that said, this article was fairly informative and clearly written, and I would encourage vacationers to at least consider the fellow inhabitants of the beaches, those which cannot speak for themselves (coral and fish).