Fracking helps reduce California’s dependence on conventional fuels
Comparatively new hydraulic fracturing technique, commonly called fracking, has been severely opposed by liberal authors of California's de-carbonization experiment. But, nobody can refute the fact that fracking has supercharged the state as well as the nation's oil and gas production.
Fracking involves drilling and injecting water mixed with chemicals deep into the ground at a very high pressure to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas and oil trapped there. The controversial technique has helped drilling thousands of natural gas wells across the nation.
The nation's domestic natural gas supplies started increasing in 2006, thanks to fracking. Last year, the U.S. produced 41 per cent more natural gas than what it did during the previous year. The drastic increase in gas supplies brought prices down 70 per cent from 2005 to 2015, benefitting motorists and businesses.
It was this remarkable increase in oil and gas supplies that allowed liberal politicians in California to advance with their efforts to gradually phase out conventional fossil fuels like coal, which have been blamed for increasing pollution and global warming.
In 2006, California lawmakers signed AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act to reduce CO2 emissions. The same year, they passed SB 1368, prohibiting the renewal of electric generation contracts from coal-fired power plants. All those efforts helped the state almost double the amount of renewable power generation from 10.9 per cent to 20.1 per cent over the years.
Thus, it is an irony that fracking that allowed California to become a leading state in the field of renewable energy was later severely opposed by the state's liberal lawmakers.
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