We are having similar success with other shales in the U.S. Now, six years later, we have such an abundance of natural gas that we are looking to turn some of those 16 terminals into export terminals and send our natural gas to places like Japan and Europe. How do you think Russia feels about not only losing a big customer like the U.S. but also standing to lose the monopoly and pricing power they have over Europe?
Is it any surprise that Russia's president says fracking is bad even though they use the process too? He knows that if we ban or restrict fracking, we become just like Europe: dependent on others for basic energy needs.
Thanks to abundant and affordable domestic energy, we are now beginning to bring manufacturing and chemical industry jobs back to the U.S. We are starting to use natural gas for transportation, which will really reduce our demand for foreign oil. And maybe we can finally bring our brave men and women home from harm's way in the Middle East.
By using natural gas for generating electricity we have reduced our CO2 emissions to 1992 levels without help of the government. Industry is coming back to the Northeast thanks to natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields.
Without abundant natural gas, this industry would stay in China and India, where there are no environmental regulations and they would continue to pollute the planet.
If you think we can use just wind and solar power, think again. We don't get much sun, especially in the winter, and the wind doesn't blow when it is really hot.
My wife and I were on a cruise a few months ago. Our ship stopped at the cruise line's private island in the Bahamas. I didn't see a solar panel or a windmill. The cruise company chose to use diesel fuel at over $6 a gallon to power this tiny island with a handful of inhabitants. If wind and solar can't power a tiny island in the Bahamas, where the sun shines and the wind blows a lot, how can they be expected to replace coal and natural gas? We also need the petrochemicals from natural gas and oil for things like plastics and cosmetics.
Mountaineers are always free, but we need to fight the fiction that is common about our energy supply with truth if we want to stay free. I have lived most of my life among oil and gas wells that were fracked without fear or health issues. We have raised three healthy children. I am concerned about their future. I want clean air, clean water and affordable dependable domestic energy that will help them and our grandchildren to remain free.
We can help the environment and people around the world in many ways. We need to use common sense and not be misled by fear, half-truths and bad science. We are Americans. All things are still possible.
Kozera, of Elkview, is the author of three books and numerous technical papers and articles and is a professional engineer with more than 35 years' experience in the natural gas and oil industry.