Last Update: July 25, 2015
The fossil fuel game is kept alive with fracking - destroying the planet to drive our cars.
It wasn't that long ago that pundits were bemoaning the end of the fossil fuel age. In the US particularly, domestic fossil fuel production was way down because the US passed it's peak of oil production in 1971, and was well past the natural gas peak. But then Hydraulic Fracturing came along, and now the US is fracking itself to pieces, and working to export fracking technology all around the world.
Hydraulic fracturing pumps a mix of water, sand and highly toxic chemicals underground, breaking the rocks, to suck out those precious hydrocarbons. America's fossil fuel industry was dying, thanks to peak oil effects, until the powers-that-be greenlighted fracking techniques.