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Stop Fracking! Cut Costs, and Save the Environment

In society today individuals seem oblivious to the constant damage brought upon our environment daily. It is essential for individuals to educate themselves in regards to what is damaging the earth, so we can prevent it. Since, childhood I’ve been intrigued by the environment, and feel it is important that we preserve it for future generations. One process that is destroying the environment is known as Hydraulic fracturing, also widely referred to as fracking. Hydraulic fracturing is defined as a “Technique that uses a specially blended liquid which is pumped into a well under extreme pressure causing cracks in rock formations underground. These cracks in the rock then allow oil and natural gas to flow, increasing resource production”   ( Hydraulic Fracturing). Fracking is often depicted as a cost effective process, that is not harmful to the environment but contrary to many of these beliefs it is extremely harmful, and very costly. In order to conserve the environment individuals should refrain from fracking, as it is a costly process that is damaging the environment.

 

Fracking harms the environment by hindering our water supply as well as the earth’s soil.   For instance, in order to start the hydraulic fracking process various chemicals are inserted into the water being used to extract the oil. This water then runs off into nearby lakes, or rivers which in return damages an immense amount of our water. For instance, while discussing the idea of fracking the National Wild life Federation states “There have been reports of flammable methane migrating into local drinking water supplies, and spills of drilling fluids and contaminated water are believed to have killed livestock, fish and other aquatic life in ponds and streams”(1). As you can see it is evident that fracking is polluting the water, and if animals are dying as a result, we should definitely not be drinking this water. Furthermore, the fracking process destroys the earth’s soil by making it virtually unusable. For instance, the chemicals injected in to the soil prohibit farmers from growing crops in the vicinity. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association states “heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, barium, and arsenic have been found in soils near gas sites”(1). As a result of these chemicals being found in the soil, it is unsafe for farmers to grow crops, essentially making the land unusable. In essence, fracking is resulting in a considerable amount of damage to the environment.

Fracking is costing the United States a tremendous amount of money for several reasons. For one, our water supply is indispensable and we are simply contaminating it to save money on oil. Furthermore, if we do wish to reuse the water that we contaminated we must first clean it. The process of filtering this water is extremely expensive, while discussing this concept the Environmental Protection Agency states “This makes cleanup of a contaminated water supply difficult, if not impossible. If a cleanup is undertaken, it can cost thousands to millions of dollars” (7). This statement demonstrates how fracking has many costs that individuals may currently be overlooking. Furthermore, fracking will result in individuals paying exceptionally more for grocery products. As fracking increases there will be less farmland for growing certain products, and when demand exceeds supply an increase in price will occur. As you can see fracking is an expensive process that comes with various hidden costs.

Individuals who feel fracking is safe and cost effective often overlook essential concepts. One individual who overlooks these concepts is Susan Brantley the author of “The Facts on Fracking”. Brantley States “In Pennsylvania, shale gas is accessed at depths of thousands of feet while drinking water is extracted from depths of only hundreds of feet. Nowhere in the state have fracking compounds injected at depth been shown to contaminate drinking water” (Brantley, 1). As you can see my previous statements complicate Brantley’s as the National Wild Life Federation has documented instances of fracking contaminating water. In addition, Brantley goes on to claim “short-run economic interests support fracking. In the experience of Pennsylvania, natural gas prices fall and jobs are created both directly in the gas industry and indirectly as regional and national economies benefit from lower energy costs” (Brantley, 1). Again, my statements complicate Brantley’s as I depicted how we would not be saving money. For instance, Brantley is right in the sense that you may create some jobs, and lower gas prices but she fails to realize you are also getting rid of jobs. For instance, I previously explained how farmland would be destroyed, the destruction of this farmland would put millions of jobs at risk. All in all individuals who feel fracking is cost effective, and or safe often overlook key concepts.

In order to preserve our environment, as well as cut costs fracking must be eliminated. Fracking is destroying our environment, by harming our water supply and our land. We are spending an immense amount of money on fracking, and it is simply unnecessary. Those who feel fracking is an effective process, our often overlooking many essential concepts. As of now time is of the essence, we have the opportunity to stop fracking but it is imperative to do it now before it is too late.

Recycling Cars Helps to Save the Environment

There are many people in this world that think that it is about time that businesses, and individuals, take a more “green” approach to conserving and reusing the resources that we already have. One of the most plentiful resource that is available are wrecked cars that are in salvage yards all over the world. There is a treasure of resources that can be recycled in order to reduce people’s carbon footprint and keep these materials out of landfills, and out of drinking water. Materials such as aluminum, platinum, copper, rubber, and motor oil are just some of the many resources that are sitting, untapped, in junkyards.

“Vehicles can be disassembled and these materials put to good use” , Michael, the head of automotive recycling at Cash For Cars Family states. Michael owns a small salvage yard that is specializing in the recycling of old and unwanted vehicles. The engines can either by resold in order to help keep other vehicles on the road, and out of the salvage yards, or they can be turned to scrap and recycled.

Catalytic converters house valuable platinum that can be recycled and put to a better use than to just sit in a salvage yard. Even the rubber tire, if in good shape, can be resold in order to keep them on the road. If the tires are no longer good they can be shredded and used as playground material to help and keep children from falling and hurting themselves. Not only this, but the motor oil can even be drained from the engines and recycled so that it is not leaching into aquifers and contaminating the drinking water.

Auto glass can also be put to good use by filling orders placed by individuals that need them. If the window is not salvageable then it can be collected and recycled in bulk. There is virtually no end to the amount of recycling that can be done to a vehicle. Body panels, radiators, chassis, even the gas tank can all be harvested for the metals that they are made of. This can help to keep salvage yards cleaner, and can help to stop the amount of wasted metal that is rusting in the junkyard and get it where it belongs. Some salvage yards think that it is unwise to recycle vehicles because they are under the assumptions that eventually a person will inquire about a body panel, or some other car part that they can then make money off of. While this is a common misconception it is far more environmentally friendly to recycle a vehicle in a timely manner than to hold on to it.

Should You Go Solar? – An Unbiased Report

In today’s environmentally conscious world many people want to run their home or business on solar power but aren’t sure if it is the right time to do so or not. It can’t be denied that solar technology has made massive leaps over the course of this decade, becoming cheaper, more efficient, and more reliable. Still people need some convincing as to whether or not this form of technology is right for them. Let’s go over some of the ways that solar powered technology can benefit you so that you can make an informed decision about it.

Saving Money

One of the biggest hurdles most people face when deciding whether or not to go solar is the cost. They are scared off by the initial investment cost of installing solar panels and other related equipment. While there is an initial upfront cost the benefit here really starts to kick in over time. In most states solar power can save a house hold $100 per month and an average of $33,000 over the course of two decades. In some states such as Hawaii the savings get up around $64,000 over 20 years. It should also be mentioned that many solar power providers are offering “pay as you go” plans to allow you to get set up and saving for a very small down payment.Increasing Your Home’s Value

When it comes to increasing your home’s value one of the most cost effective things you can do is install solar panels. The reason it increases your home’s value isn’t just the value of the solar panels themselves but more importantly the energy savings they provide. Studies show that homes with solar panels sell 20% faster for 17% more. The average increase in home value for solar panels is $17,000.

Tax Incentives

With the cap on the Federal Solar Tax Credit finally lifted you can get a massive 30% tax credit when you purchase a solar system for your home. This covers both the equipment cost and installation. Even better is the fact that there are also many state and local energy rebates that can help you to practically cut the cost of your solar equipment in half.

Saving the Environment

Keeping the future clean and healthy for our children and future generations is an important responsibility that we all share. By investing in solar power you help to ensure that your offspring and future generations will get to enjoy a bright and beautiful world of their own.

5 Celebrities Using Fame To Make A Change

Society today is ever-so-obsessed with currently hot celebrities. We watch their every move. From what they’re wearing to who they’re dating to where they’re going. For most people, celebrities are all about glitz and glam or movies and parties, but many of those trendy superstars are more than just superficial icons. They actually leave the Hollywood bubble and live real lives, with real activities, and care about real issues. One such issue that seems to have a trendy following is the environment. Many celebrities are environmental warriors that consider themselves to be eco-friendly and on top of the game with regard to the betterment of planet earth.

 

 

Jessica Alba

This mega-star is a pioneer in eco-friendly baby products. She is co-founder of the Honest Company, an organization that develops eco-friendly baby products that are not only safe for the environment, but beautiful, functional, and of the highest quality. Jessica devotes much of her time tweeting about her company’s initiatives and living an environmentally safe lifestyle.

Leonardo DiCaprio

One of the biggest, most recognizable names in Hollywood is Leonardo DeCarprio, but that truly doesn’t define his eco-friendly lifestyle. In 1998, Leonardo established the Leonard DeCaprio Foundation which works diligently on both environmental and humanitarian issues in an effort to protect what’s left of Earth’s untouched environment. By working to protect nature’s environment, his organization strives to teach the people of the world how to maintain a harmonious relationship with our planet.

Brad Pitt

One half of the most well-known celebrity couples in the world, Brad Pitt created the Make It Right Foundation. His organization, originally etablished to help those effected by Hurricane Katrina, is committed to building high-quality, safe, sustainable homes that go beyond normal eco-friendly standards. Now a company that works around the country, Brad’s efforts touch many people in need, and make great strides in taking care of the earth and all it’s precious resources.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Along with her countless eco-friendly lifestyle choices, Gwyneth Paltrow created a website entitled GOOP. The sole purpose of the site is to instill eco-conscience values in areas of food, lifestyle, and sustainable fashions.

Will.I.Am

Musical superstar Will.I.Am is one of the most outspoken environmentalist and pop culture icons making headlines today. He launched his brand Ekocycle, along with the Coca-Cola Company, which taunts a sustainable clothing and lifestyle line. Additionally, he uses his gift of music, voice, and rhyme to send distinct messages to his fans about the need for greater eco-awareness and sustainable living.

Using their extreme popularity and over-the-top admirers, celebrities not only touch the lives of their fans through their craft, but by working to create a better world. These celebs have used their talent as a soundboard for touching the hearts of millions of people worldwide in an effort to change the current path our earth is on, and pave the way for a better, more sustainable world for generations to come.