Fracking helps climate change

Fracking helps climate change

PE Bias Grade : C+

By: Allen Nitschelm on January 9, 2020 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Greenhouse gas emissions fall slightly
Date 01/08/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A2 )
Syndicated From Washington Post
Journalist Steven Mufson
Article Summary

US carbon emissions dropped in 2019, despite higher energy use.

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The Boston Globe reports the ‘alarming’ news that while our carbon emissions as a country dropped last year, the U.S. still won’t “meet its commitments” to larger promised reductions. I thought Trump got rid of all that nonsense and we were no longer abiding by any such “commitments”?

But the overall drop in carbon output appears to have happened not because of any concrete steps we have taken, but because we are using more natural gas. The entire decrease apparently is a by-product of using more efficient fossil fuels, not less of them.

This “climate change” story is contradictory. The journalist should report that Trump is disregarding the climate-change hoax and thus our “commitments” were meaningless, while at the same time explaining that our reductions were by chance and not design. But the article instead seems to imply that these commitments are still meaningful and our goal as a country. They are not.

And in fact, we actually did nothing to try to lower our carbon emissions. Every aspect of our economy increased carbon output, but the total emitted went down. This apparently is because natural gas is so much more efficient and so plentiful that it is more economically efficient to burn than coal. It also happens to produce much less carbon dioxide than coal. Who knew that “fracking” was environmentally friendly?

Under President Trump, we no longer are abiding by any “commitments” made by the Obama administration. We are taking no steps to meet them, and our carbon footprint was still reduced, at least last year. I’m sure this trend won’t continue as the decrease is temporary.

If  we elect a Democrat in 2020 and he or she starts the process of de-industrialization of our economy and our society, eliminating air travel, beef, fossil fuels, etc., then our children can start teaching their children either Chinese or Russian, depending on their cultural preference.

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