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1 English 102 February 4, 2016 When the Well Dries Up A mirage is defined as “an optical illusion caused by atmospheric conditions, especially the appearance of a sheet of water in a desert or on a hot road caused by the refraction of light from the sky by heated air.” The mirage that hydraulic fracturing is a Godsend for the American economy and energy supply is a mere illusory viewpoint that will be diminished when the well dries up and all of the fresh water supply is contaminated, toxic waste. Introduced in the 1940s, “fracking” has stirred up much dissension amidst supporters of this giant source of revenue and opposers of this near-sighted resource guzzler. Injecting a concoction of millions of gallons of fresh water with sand and chemical additives about 8,000 feet beneath the earth’s surface, fracking breaks up rock formations with the intent of releasing oil, natural gas, and geothermal energy. While fracking is a short-term solution that creates a long-term problem, it is a critical aspect of our nation’s current economic status. Hydraulic fracturing has created hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S., as the process of fracking requires many inputs of labor and resource material that must be produced, such as high amounts of cement for natural gas storage. Not only has it created countless jobs, hydraulic fracturing has made our nation a thriving economy. Now that gasoline is cheaper because there is an abundance of natural gas due to “fracking,” the average American has excess money from the savings that can be invested in other purchases. This amps up the spending of the average American on other products, which means the demand creates more jobs in those areas as well, in order to to supply the quantity demanded. This thriving economic stature isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, with the ample
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2 supply of natural oil to be fracked that is remaining in the earth. North America alone has 175 years worth of natural gas to be extracted from the ground, if it is consumed at the rate that it is currently.
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