• Frack to the Future

      In my syndicated column this week, I discuss celebrities' new campaign against fracking - the process of injecting chemicals into the ground to crack rocks to release oil and gas.

      With everyone saying they want alternatives to foreign oil, I'd think celebrities would love fracking.

      I'd be wrong. Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono and their group, Artists Against Fracking, don't feel the love. Yoko sang, "Don't frack me!" on TV.

      Stopping fracking is the latest cause of the silly people. They succeeded in getting scientifically ignorant politicians to ban fracking in New York, Maryland and Vermont.

      The artists' fears are unfounded.

      The real story on fracking, say scientists, is that the risks are small and the rewards immense. Fracking lowered the price of natural gas so much that Americans heat our homes for less, and manufacturing that once left America has returned. For those concerned about global warming, burning gas instead of oil or coal reduces CO2 emissions.

      "Skeptical Environmentalist" author Bjorn Lomborg points out that "green" Europe promised to reduce emissions, but "only managed to cut half of what you guys accidentally happened to do when you stumbled on fracking."

      Read the rest of the column to hear why fracking is a wonderful thing.

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