The fracturing of Rousseau's social contract
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Although not without debate, hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has become the primary extraction method for hard to reach natural gas trapped in shale rock around the globe. In the United States, fracking for natural gas has alleviated the need for foreign oil by creating a domestic fuel source, facilitating job creation, and sparking contentious debates from California to New York. The most prevalent arguments from the citizens against the technique are the potential risks posed to the air, water, human, and animal health from the methane and carcinogenic byproducts released into the atmosphere, ...