21 Jun '12, 10pm

Half of America Doesn't Really Know What Fracking Is

Half of America Doesn't Really Know What Fracking Is

Jayson Shenk via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 If you read green news, you've heard of "fracking." If you follow progressive politics, you've heard of fracking. If you know much about modern energy production, you've heard of fracking. If you're an environmentalist, you've probably protested fracking. But those descriptions don't apply to the 63% of Americans who've never heard of, or aren't familiar with, the practice known as hydraulic fracturing. That's the eye-opening finding of a new poll , and one that was carried out with a pretty decent sample size to boot. Here's how the results break down: Culture of Science /via That's crazy. Fracking has fundamentally transformed the energy debate—and energy production—around the world. It has helped create the glut of natural gas we're currently sitting on, and that in turn is helping to drive coal out of business. It also poses numerous ...

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