Burning Issues: Fracking as Foreign Policy

The United States has been promoting hydraulic fracturing – fracking – in dozens of countries around the world despite the direct environmental risks and its contribution to global warming, says Charlie Cray, a researcher at Greenpeace.

Cray notes that methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is released into the atmosphere through fracking at larger quantities than has previously been assumed. Also, cheap natural gas has become an obstacle to the rapid spread of cleaner energy technologies, such as solar and wind energy.

Yet, Cray explains, the State Department under Hillary Clinton and her successor has used fracking as a foreign policy chip, encouraged by lobbyists for the major fossil fuel companies.

While Clinton as a Democratic presidential candidate has supported more regulation of fracking, her opponent Bernie Sanders has called for an outright ban on fracking.

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