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There is no secret that the world's supply of oil is going to be exhausted eventually. In the meantime, it is important to find a source of energy that is going to be easily accessible as well as affordable for consumers to use. Shale gas may be the product that humanity turns to in the coming decades.
Shale Gas May Emit Less Carbon Dioxide
Carbon dioxide emissions are a concern for people around the world. It is thought to be the largest culprit of climate change. Therefore, lowering the amount of carbon emissions can help keep the global temperature in check. Lower emissions also makes it easier to reduce smog and other particles that can make the air harder to breathe in certain industrialized cities.
Shale Is Plentiful
Compared to oil, there is a significant amount of shale that has not been accessed yet. Due to government price controls and the cost of accessing shale in the past, it was considered a resource that could not be exploited. However, the increase in oil prices as well as improved technology makes the extracting of shale gas easier and more cost effective. It is currently thought that the United States as well as China have large reserves of shale. Canada is another country where shale is considered to be plentiful.
New Energy Sources Could Change Global Politics
The biggest reason why the Middle East has leverage in global politics is due to its vast reserves of oil. If those reserves of oil were considered no longer necessary to keep the world moving, it could bring about changes in those countries or allow industrialized nations to punish countries that are known to have poor human rights records. The United States could take steps forward toward energy independence if shale became a popular source of energy in the country.
Shale Could Improve The Economy
Shale could help the economies of both the United States and Canada recover from the recent global recession. This is important because a strong American economy tends to create a stronger economy throughout the world. Millions of Americans who are unemployed could return to work and provide for their families.
Environmental Concerns Will Need To Be Considered
Shale gas development can only continue if environmental concerns surrounding fracking are dealt with. If issues such as polluted water and sinkholes can be addressed, people around the country and throughout the world will become more interested in having oil companies lease property that can be fracked for a profit. The good news is that leading shale development companies are taking steps to address these concerns and make fracking safer.
There is no doubt that a new energy source for the world needs to be found. The world's supply of oil is not going to last long in the face of an increasing population and growing energy demands. Therefore, it is important that natural gas derived from shale can be easily accessed and used by people throughout the world now and in the future.