Is the Fracking Business Really Worth It?

Operating oil and gas well profiled on sunset sky

Hodalis Gaytan

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Research edited by: Jared Bernhardt

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Throughout society and history, we have seen a range of topics and concepts that have been called into question by an assortment of individuals and groups. These individuals and groups debate about specific topics and how their effects are either “wrong” or “right” for society.  For instance, we have seen how the privacy and ethical rights of women are debated for the topic of abortion, the relationship between second amendment rights and gun control, and many other similar debates. To this day, there continues to be a various amount of topics that cause for much deliberation among different groups and parties. But there is one debate in particular that is starting to take rise; the debate of fracking. Both sides of the argument have been debating about the ethical and economic issues that come along the process of hydraulic fracturing.[1] Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a new technology that is used to extract natural gases from the earth with a drilling technique that, “has made it possible to retrieve deposits of methane gas trapped in formations of shale rock thousands of feet below ground, fossil fuels that had heretofore been considered inaccessible.”[2] The whole idea behind the process of fracking is that it provides the world with cheaper oil and fossil fuel. Although this incredible innovation has surprised the world and given us a large amount of job opportunities and cheap oil, it has unleashed a large amount of controversy due to the many issues, such as groundwater contamination, environmental hazards, air pollution, and many more factors. But of lately, I have been asking myself about the economic impact that fracking and all its factors have on today’s society. How exactly does fracking affect our country’s wallet and its users? And as a society, should we be more concerned about the economic issues that fracking has on our pockets? I strongly believe that fracking should not take place because it causes more harm than good. Not only are the large amounts of released toxins affecting the environment but they are also contaminating our drinking water.[3] Water alone is such an important asset for not just us, human beings, but also for other living things. If we continue to contaminate the few things that we need to survive, then how will the world continue on without this element of survival? Also the economically effects of fracking have caused for so much money to be given to “clean-up” projects that take place after the process of fracking. Fracking waste adds weight to transport trucks and causes roads to become damaged and unusable. Because of this, the government must take our money to repair these damaged roads. I strongly believe that the positive outcomes of fracking do not outweigh the negative ones. As a society, we need to realize that the effects of fracking do not only affect our planet but it also can effect with our way of survival.



Can We End World Hunger?


By: Sean Cotnam

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Research Edited by: Jared Bernhardt

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One of the biggest problems in today’s society is the lack of nourishment for the less fortunate. In fact, over 795 million people in the world do not have access to enough nutritious food to live a healthy life. [1] Theoretically speaking, we would have the ability to end world hunger if a proper allocation of money and resources were dedicated to areas that struggle and need it the most.

People that deny our capabilities of ending world hunger generally believe our world is a dystopian society where each individual person is solely set on helping themselves. They also use an argument that focuses on logos; they argue that it is impractical to satisfy a hunger free world.

Those who believe we can end world hunger are generally people that believe in the good nature of people and the strong will of government regulations and restrictions.

So, who is right? Are we able to end world hunger? At what cost?

We Cannot End World Hunger

Some believe that we cannot end world hunger because that would require worldwide cooperation. There is a strong belief that in order to end world hunger we must dedicate a budget and, more importantly, change our dietary habits. The majority of Americans live for dairy and meat products. These common commodities will become delicacies in our world if we decide to end world hunger. This is because as food goes up in the food pyramid it loses 90% of its energy to heat.[2] So animals like chickens and cows are much less efficient than vegetables. Most people generally believe that changing their diets to end world hunger is the right thing to do. Yet, in this situation, what people believe in is completely different compared to their actions.

We Can End World Hunger

             Others believe that if we live a life of ethical reasoning, then we can easily end world hunger. The factors playing into ending world hunger vary in terms of how easy they are to accomplish. Money is not an issue; it only costs $30 billion dollars a year to end world hunger.[3] Even though this seems like a lot of money, the reality is that if you tax the wealthy families heavily within nations that are better off, we can easily acquire thirty billion dollars. It also becomes complicated when you factor in dietary changes that need to happen. We produce enough food to feed 10 billion people.[3] The problem here is the distribution of the food and who has the rights to the food. However, this can be solved if the United Nations holds a convention that requires powerful countries to plan their food economy around ending world hunger.

Thoughts of a College Student

            Personally, I believe that we can end world hunger with just a few changes in our society. First off, I believe that these changes must initially come from a global scale and then find its way down to the people. If we invest in a world that focuses on making sure everyone is fed, then we can be successful. The government must create laws and initiatives that promote healthy eating because someone is not going to go from eating a cheeseburger to a salad every night by just telling them. Lastly, it must come from the people. Some can say they have the right to eat whatever they want, but at what cost does that come with? Is a cheeseburger worth prolonging world hunger? If the average person puts down their cheeseburger and picks up more vegetables, then we will end world hunger.