July 16, 2011

Our Fracked Up World

Hydraulic fracturing—"fracking" for short— is a process that smashes rocks several thousand feet down with high-pressure water and other chemicals to induce cracks in the rock that will make it easier to extract natural gas. Actor Mark Ruffalo has lead the opposition to fracking in New York on the grounds that it renders unusable vast amounts of fresh water and increases our reliance on carbon-based energy sources. He recently appeared on Countdown, the resurrected version hosted by Keith Olbermann. The whole thing is about fifteen minutes long, but most of the good stuff is in the first five minutes.

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