“Fracking saves low-income Americans’ lives”
The article is based on research published earlier this year, which calculated that lower heating costs associated with surging domestic natural gas production averted 11,000 winter deaths in the U.S. each winter from 2005 to 2010.
And, considered another way: While a lot of taxpayer dollars are spent to help make life better for less-advantaged Americans, energy produced right here at home has had significant positive impact on the quality of life for many of our fellow citizens.
The researchers – two from Northwestern University and a third from Monash University in Australia – noted that increased natural gas production, made possible by advanced hydraulic fracturing and modern horizontal drilling, helped drive down energy prices, allowing Americans to affordably heat their homes without affecting their spending for other needs, such as food and health care.
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Source: API.org (American Petroleum Institute)