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Kathryn Hoch
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Sat Nov 8, 2014 10:06pm
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The topic for the argument paper that I am considering is hydraulic fracturing. Ever since I watched a documentary about hydraulic fracturing in my high school science class I have been interested in this topic. In the documentary it showed how hydraulic fracturing has effect the environment and the people living in the areas where the hydraulic fracturing has been taking place. The things that I saw in the movie were very saddening. The reason however that I chose this topic at this time was because in my geology class the professor is all for hydraulic fracturing. He thinks that over all it is a good thing. He was also talking about how the government in North Carolina has now made it legal to preform hydraulic fracturing. He said that the government would not allow hydraulic fracturing until they new what all of the chemicals were. He then proceeded to say that the government has not released the chemicals but say they are safe. I thought this was outrageous and obviously the hydraulic fracturing companies bought the politicians off. The argument that I am going to go with for this paper is that hydraulic fracturing is bad because it damages the environment and harms the well being of people living close to the drilling. Although this is my opinion there are many other people how would disagree with me. Some of the counter arguments for this topic are, it will help the economy. They say it will help us make our own money and be so dependent on other countries. I actually had a debate about this topic with my coach and he said that the reason that the gas prices are so low is because of all the natural gas we get out of the hydraulic fracturing. Another counter argument is that it does not hurt the environment. I believe this to not be true but people say that the emissions are way less harmful then they are from gasoline. The last counter argument is that we can produce this right in the United States and not have to get it from another country. word count 355.

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