Yesterday’s Intelligence Squared debate at the Aspen Ideas Festival featured two proponents and two critics of the current natural gas boom in the United States, which is made possible by recent improvements in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, technologies. Watch some of the highlights on his highly contentious issue below.
One audience member asked whether or not the fracking industry was driven solely by national security issues in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Joe Nocera of the New York Times described natural gas extraction through fracking as a tremendous “gift” to the United States.
While Deborah Goldberg of Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law firm, said fracking simply feeds our addiction to fossil fuel.
So who won the debate? Find out for yourself. Watch the entire program below, for free, on FORA.tv.