By Black Agenda Report managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Fracking is about as ethical and responsible as the brain deciding to mine the liver and sell its contents…But the US is run by capitalists, and for them fracking makes good sense. Capitalism after all, is based upon externalizing, offloading your cost onto someone less powerful, or onto nature itself.
Fracking is the energy industry’s answer to peak oil, catastrophically offloading the increased cost of oil and gas extraction onto farmers, ranchers, humans who drink water, and the environment itself. It’s about as ethical and responsible as the brain deciding to mine the liver and sell the contents. And it’s national energy policy under the Obama administration.