Germany has already put America to shame by offering free college tuition, but their ban on fracking makes us look like the corporate ass sucking bastion of eco-anarchists that we truly are.
Germany’s government finally approved a law that bans fracking, ending years of dispute over the controversial technology to release oil and gas locked deep underground. Fracking, something that’s more fun to say than it is to live with, is widely embraced by both parties in America. Democratic Presumptive Nominee Hillary Clinton is actually for fracking, whereas Senator Sanders strongly opposes it.
But this isn’t something that just happened overnight.
In fact, the controversial practice of fracking has mostly been unregulated in Germany, and the current coalition government under Angela Merkel has been working for months to carry out new rules.
In America, we love to recycle our movies and TV shows. But in Germany, the people actually like to recycle for real and largely care about the environment. For instance, the German population is deeply suspicious of fracking and fears its impact on the environment and, in particular, drinking water resources. And also unlike in America, where Wall Street regulates Congress and industry co-opts our legislation, gas producers such as Wintershall and Exxon Mobil were unable to influence German lawmakers. In fact, they had initially agreed to a five-year moratorium on their extraction projects, but eventually lost patience with members of the Bundestag.
Fracking opposition, although largely supported by both parties, is increasingly gaining steam with concerned Americans. New York, for example, voted to ban fracking outright. And according to a recent poll, more than half of Americans are opposed to fracking in pursuit of oil and gas.
Asked whether they favored or opposed hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as a means of increasing the production of natural gas or oil in the US, 36 percent of respondents said they were in favor, while 51 percent said they were opposed and 13 percent had no opinion, according to the new Gallup poll released on Wednesday.
So it’s only a matter of time before more states follow suit and take Germany’s lead.
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