With every corner of the world looking for a means to create energy in a more environmentally friendly way, hydraulic fracking, or just fracking, seems to be the new fad in the Western Hemisphere. While it is no new fad altogether, it has been picking up popularity in recent months. So much so that some experts believe that Americans would no longer be dependent for oil overseas, but rather be a hub for oil and gas. This link explains the potential economic and political future of fracking, as it pertains to the United States.
The politics behind fracking is something to be determined after the election, as both candidates have different plans for the future of fracking. The main difference between Obama’s already existing plan and Romney’s new plan is how fast they choose to extract the oil. While Obama has no current measures to increase the speed of oil extraction, Romney wants to “fast-track” on and offshore drilling. It will be interesting to see which direction is taken in the near future (something to look out for post-election).
Presumably, different people are proponents for different sides of this issue. For politicians, they see fracking as a possible means to end oil dependence in the United States. As economists, fracking provides to be a whole new revenue stream. As an environmentalist or health professional, the concern is for how fracking will harm the environment and potential diseases it could cause down the road. And as for the general public, the biggest concern is the effects on personal health due to fracking.
Here’s the simple point. A lot of new information readers gather on anything often starts with the news. Whether it is new or old, journalists are usually our direct connection to the news. What the journalist decides to write is the news we read about. Articles can differ depending on the tone of the journalist. For example, in the issue of fracking, some journalists choose to focus on the politics, others on health, and others still on public opinion. Can the tone a journalist chooses to write with affect the opinion of the reader? And if so, how important is this element to provide support for fracking or give reasons to be against it?