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The Benefits of Producing Energy from Fracking

America is experiencing an energy revolution, and the biggest single reason is fracking. Also known as hydraulic fracturing, fracking allows the U.S. to tap immense natural gas and oil reserves that, until now, have been locked up in shale and other tight-rock formations.

The benefits of producing energy from fracking are many and are laid out below.

The Price of Oil & Natural Gas in The U.S. Has Plummeted

The price of oil is 20% lower than it would be without fracking. Natural gas prices have dropped to 47% of what they would have been before the fracking revolution in 2013 and as a result, it’s 80% cheaper to purchase gas here than the rest of the world. In some places natural gas costs 620% as much as it does in the U.S.

As a result between 2007 and 2013, gas-consuming American households have seen their gas bills reduced by as much as $200 per year. This adds up to $13 billion of savings, total, for all Americans combined. The commercial, industrial, and electric power consuming sectors in the U.S. have all seen gains and these gains total $74 billion per year.

Fracking Has Created a Job Boom

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 21st Century Energy Institute commissioned a study and found that fracking has led to a job boom. The job boom includes states that don’t even have shale deposits underneath them. They discovered that 1.7 million jobs have already been created and, that, by the year 2035, a total of 3.5 million jobs will have been created.

During a time when many industries are declining and jobs are thin, this is good news.
American Energy Independence is Possible for The First Time in History
Not only is energy independence possible, it is happening. Citigroup declared North America, the new Middle East, and the U.S. as the world’s fastest-growing oil and natural gas producer. It’s been projected that the U.S. will get 94% of its energy domestically by 2030.

This is good news for the U.S. because it means that their government will not have to send vast amounts of money to governments who, surely, do not have their best interests in mind, all in the name of oil.

How Environmentally Green Buildings Help the Environment

When thinking about New York City, the term environmentally green buildings does not seem to resonate through the minds of most residents. The city offers numerous entertainment venues and sight seeing ventures for everyone. In light of all the fun things to do, it is beginning to be a heighten awareness of trying to conserve the natural resources in New York. The population in this city is growing by leaps and bounds each year.

The major leaders in the construction industry are focusing more on constructing environmentally friendly office buildings along with residential dwellings. It is hard to believe that Battery Park in New York City is one of the largest areas that has been deemed environmentally friendly. This is done by being considerate of the natural resources like the land and water that surround this location, as Anthony Malkin did with the Empire State Building.

Owners of large apartment buildings understand the importance of using eco-friendly appliances that conserve usage of electric especially during peak hours. Energy efficient windows are the standard for most new residential homes. New York City is densely populated and the thought of running out of a vital natural resource like water is a reason for concern.

During the summer months certain areas experience black-outs or brown-outs. These occurrences are the warning signs that something is definitely wrong. Another alternative such as solar panels and wind turbines have been incorporated into the scheme of producing electricity. In the height of the summer months during heatwaves, many electrical outages are experienced on a daily basis.

The shortage of water and the limits put on the usage of water have caused world wide alarm across the nation. Many architects have incorporated methods of recycling rain water along with using solar panels to conserve electric and water. Building that have solar panels for electricity are protecting the environment for the next generation. Concrete and asphalt are in the places where grass would be. Plants in a planter box can be placed on the deck of a high-rise energy efficient green building. The plant will help keep the surrounding air clean.

The belief has been that the earth’s natural resources would not ever run out. Society realizes that this is not the case anymore. Oil and natural gas are on the list of resources that need protecting also. Water, gas and electric are rare commodities that need to be protected. Battery Park is a reminder that green is beautiful.