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The Fracking Fight Outgrows Itself

The Fracking Fight Outgrows Itself

The national debate over fracking started as a not-in-my-backyard fight over water contamination and local air quality when companies first started fracking in places like Pennsylvania.

 

Since then, environmentalists, including anti-fracking activist Josh Fox, have seized on these NIMBY fights and galvanized a global grassroots movement against fracking not based on local issues but on broader environmental ideas.

The Global Frackdown protests over the weekend are the latest examples of this out-sized fight. The fight over fracking is no longer about fracking. It's about fossil fuels and climate change.

The problem is, combating climate change and cutting fossil-fuel production requires a much broader solution than simply banning one drilling technique.

 

Amy Harder
aharder@nationaljournal.com

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