Longtime readers of this blog should already have a sense of why fracking is bad, how fracking causes earthquakes, exhausts water supplies, contaminates drinking water, “disrupts” families, puts toxic arsenic into the ground, and produces a product that, every now and then, blows up cornfields in the middle of the night. Still, there’s always been a few emails that trickle in asking, in essence, “What is fracking?”
As a response to everyone who ever asked the question, German (?) animators at Kurzgesagt have produced this fantastic, infographical video explaining the whys, hows, and economics of fracking. It’s been produced at what I’d call a “middle school” level, as opposed to Tar Sands Timmy‘s “elementary school” level.
So if you’re a teacher, political blogger, envirotard, or just someone who loves animation, pull up a seat. You’ll learn a lot from the video, and it’ll answer everything you ever wanted to know about hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (fracking), but were afraid to ask.