Ban Fracking? Bad Economics, Bad Ecology

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By Robert Bradley Jr.

Warning: low-cost, clean energy may be hazardous to your health.

Or so say environmental activists who will trot out any line of attack in their crusade against fossil fuels.

For years, the green movement has spread falsehoods about hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking -- the practice of unlocking hydrocarbons by injecting high-pressure liquid deep into the earth. Lately, the leave-it-inthe- ground lobby has doubled down on its mission to thwart the latest oil and gas extraction techniques.

But research consistently shows that fracking is a secure -- and economically savvy -- form of energy production. Banning it hurts economies and the environment.


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