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.