Here'south Why Bernie Sanders Wants to Ban Fracking

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 11:36 PM

(SFU - Univ Communications / Flickr) Fracking. You've heard the word before, and Bernie Sanders just announced he plans to ban it, but what does it all mean? Here is your video breakdown.

Here'south Why Bernie Sanders Wants to Ban Fracking

A field full of fracking. (SFU - Univ Communications / Flickr)

Fracking. You've heard the word before, and Bernie Sanders just announced he plans to ban it, but what does it all mean? Here is your video breakdown.

Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial process for extracting oil and natural gas from the ground

It'south spreading across the US despite there being a lot of concerns about it.

A typical oil well is built straight down and pumps out all of the oil and natural gas that's deep down in the earth. But after continual use, these oil wells can start coming up dry.

So fracking involves angling the drill horizontally into the rock layer and then blasting water at high pressures (this is why its called "hydraulic") to release natural gas.

Still feeling confused? Here are a couple ordinary videos that will help:

Sanders also announced his new plan, and he drilled opponent Hillary Clinton on the issue, in a NY campaign speech. (Remember, she was a NY senator for eight years, and fracking is banned in the state. And also, the NY primary is following week, on April 19th.)

Here'south what he said:

Plus here'south a new Sanders commercial, voiced by supporter Susan Sarandon. It says the Sanders campaign is different from others (*cough* Hillary Clinton *cough*) because he'south backed not by the oil industry, but by voter contributions.

Here are the main arguments against it.

Fracking leads to earthquakes

The US Geological Survey recently said that the expand in human-made earthquakes puts nearly seven million Americans in harm's way.

The state of OK does a lot of fracking, and guess what? They've also seen a significant quantity of seismic action that suggests fracking could be the reason why.

The state is presently the second most-active for earthquakes:

Fracking contaminates drinking water

And makes it toxic and flammable.

Some people think fracking creates sinkholes

https://www. youtube. com/embed/K2_EJI6-05k

Where fracking happens in America. (Wikimedia Commons)

There are ways to manage it

Many propose that when fracking is done properly, things love seismic action can be managed and the effects can be reduced.

Some processes inc into fracking can assistance to address some of the major environmental concerns that anti-fracking activists have brought up. Water recycling--using waste water to pump instead of fresh drinking water--and creating proper wells to avert contaminating the local groundwater are two major ways that fracking can be done safer and more efficiently.

Fracking is excellent for the economy and creates jobs

Fracking is spreading for one major reason: because it'south excellent for the economy and has created jobs. After all, there is a enormous demand for energy.

Currently, the industry supports two.1 million jobs, and multiple state governors have said that fracking has helped boost their local economies.

During a Democratic debate earlier in March, both Clinton and Sanders were asked what they thought about fracking, and here'south what they said:

But this is video of Clinton laughing at an activist'south question that's since gone viral.

Interviewing this anti-fracking activist 2moro who confronted @HillaryClinton on fracking lobbyists donating 2 her https://t. co/gVZDCpF1TK

— Jordan (@JordanChariton) April eight, two thousand sixteen

Republican candidates discussed fracking in a debate last October:

Donald Trump'south claims that John Kasich and OH were only doing well because of fracking aren't precisely true. (Kasich is the Gov of Ohio.)

OH is a longtime huge oil producer, and while the state did turn to hydraulic fracturing in two thousand-tenth, the decision wasn't as profitable in OH as expected because of a slump in the oil prices and low production.

This video will assistance to crack down the political debate a bit more:

The debate over fracking has made its way onto the campaign trail. But what precisely is fracking? https://t. co/2yPTrgsBQr

— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) April eleven, two thousand sixteen

What do you think? Should we hold fracking away--or is it too risky not to ban?

This article was written by Allison Hollender and originally appeared on Kicker. Kicker explains the most important, compelling things going on in the world and empowers you to obtain in the know, create up your own mind, and get action. For more, check out the Kicker site, love their Facebook page, or subscribe to their email newsletter.

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