The natural gas fracking debate has given rise to another interesting issue. On the one hand we like the cheap natural gas. The switch to natural gas for producing power has partially contributed to decreased emissions of global warming gases from the power sector (EIA).
On the other hand, fracking has to be done somewhere. Apparently it is happening in Sean Lennon’s backyard as he noted in the New York Times. This is an another interesting example where one possible partial solution to a global problem has very local consequences.
Maximilian Auffhammer is the George Pardee Professor of International Sustainable Development at the University of California Berkeley. His fields of expertise are environmental and energy economics, with a specific focus on the impacts and regulation of climate change and air pollution.