Funny thing about hydraulic fracturing, that supposed guzzler of precious water. Not quite, it turns out.
In fact, according to a study by the University of Texas at Austin, hydraulic fracturing actually saves water.
Turns out that generating electricity using natural gas in a combined-cycled natural gas requires about 30 percent of the water needed for coal-fired power plants.
Of course, the Green Lobby loves to bash hydraulic fracturing complaining that “wastes” water by pumping it deep into the earth as part of the fracturing process needed to free natural gas from shales and tight sands.
The savings aren’t chump change, either.
The amount of water saved in changing from coal to natural gas amounts to 50 times more than the amount of water “lost” in the hydraulic fracturing process.
The political-observer types that Cheap Seats consults think the Green Lobby is gearing up for a ban on hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.
Cheap Seats doesn’t buy the money-grubber claims of Mrs. Sen. Mark Udall and the Climate Reality Project (CRaP) about global warming and the supposed contribution of carbon dioxide, but it’s pretty straightforward that burning natural gas generates a lot less carbon dioxide than coal.
So the ledger looks likes this up here in the Cheap Seats: More natural gas means less greenhouse gas (if you care about that sort of thing), and more natural gas means more water.
That sound you hear? A bunch of Cliff Willmeng-types whining, “What the frack?”