Why Fracking is Good for the Country

The use and application of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been around for decades. However, until the production boom centering around the Bakken Formation in North Dakota began hitting news headlines, the general public had never heard of fracking. Hydraulic fracturing, when used in combination with horizontal drilling technology, provides America the opportunity to tap into the vast oil and gas deposits within our own country and not have to rely as heavily on foreign oil.

What is Fracking?

In simplest terms, fracking causes micro-fractures in the rock thousands of feet below the surface. A mixture of sand and water is forced into those cracks and widens the cracks enough to allow the oil and gas that is trapped in the rock formations into the pipes where it can then be brought to the surface.

Benefits of Fracking

  • Jobs

    A study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 21st Century Energy Institute estimates that 1.7 million jobs have already been created because of fracking. They expect that number to increase to 3.5 million by 2035. This includes jobs directly connected to fracking, such as those working on the wells themselves, and jobs indirectly connected, such as contractors creating gravel roads. These are large numbers and most of the jobs provide a family wage income. The creation of jobs is essential for America’s economic output.

  • Energy

    Fracking in the U.S. has been primarily for natural gas production. America is now the top producer of natural gas in the world. In 2016, for the first time in 60 years, our natural gas exports exceeded our imports. It is projected that U.S. natural gas production will increase by around 50% over the next 20 years.

    The cost of natural gas to the American consumer has been steadily decreasing for the last decade. This saves money on utility bills, but more importantly, it lowers our dependence on electricity to heat our homes and to cook our food. Natural gas is known as a “clean energy.” While not as green as renewable energy solutions, natural gas emits 50% less carbon dioxide than coal.

  • Foreign Relations

    As the energy revolution in America continues, our demand for foreign imports lessens. This is safer for American oil and gas companies who no longer need to operate in high conflict areas. It is also good for the American trade deficit. Foreign organizations such as OPEC will have less and less sway over our international decisions.

Extravagant Nightlife and Nature’s Splendor – 4 Cayman Island Tourist Hotspots

Tourists vacation in the Cayman Islands for a variety of reasons. Some seek out the celebrity lifestyle, indulging in the extravagant nightlife, while others thirst for exotic experiences that symbolize the natural splendor of The Caymans. Here are four enticing hot spots that will provide both.

Extravagant Nightlife

· The Macabuca

It’s said, “When the sun goes down in the Cayman Islands, the stars come out”. Many of the island’s restaurants serve up exquisite Caribbean quinine and present live entertainment nightly. The nightlife in the Cayman Islands is a hot tourist attraction, especially at the Macabuca and The Cracked Conch. Perfectly positioned in the heart of the Cayman’s famous seven-mile strip of beach, the Macabuca is sprawling with space and frequented by celebrities and worldly dignitaries. Both Taylor Swift and the Ken’s created quite the stir when she was spotted dancing under the moonlight at the Macabuca.

· The Wreck Bar & Grill at the Rum Point Club

Drift up the beach a few hundred yards and Cayman guests will find The Rum Point Club, home of The Wreck Bar & Grill. While Rum Point has activities throughout the day, this corner of the Cayman’s really ignites when the sun sets. Patrons staying on other parts of the island can enjoy a $5 ferry ride from Safehaven Dock to Rum Point. Tom Cruise likes to beach his jet ski and stroll up for a “cocktail” at the Wreck Bar.

Nature’s Splendor

· The Mastic Trail

The Cayman Islands radiate with the spectacular beauty of nature. A trek along the Mastic Trail is the perfect remedy for an adventurous spirit. Named for one of the region’s native trees, the 200 year old trail meanders deep into a primeval woodland that has evolved over two million years. Buried in the heart of the Mastic Reserve it presents a true image of the Cayman Island’s splendid natural magnificence. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter enjoys quiet strolls along the Mastic Trail when vacationing in the Caymans.

· Cayman Turtle Farm

Another favorite attraction that resonates with nature lovers is the Cayman Turtle Farm. Island guests frequent this attraction, an enjoyable experience where people can get close to one of the world’s oldest living creatures. Visitors can observe assorted breeds of sea turtles, including some on the endangered list. The Cayman Turtle Farm’s work strives to preserve one of nature’s most delicate and endearing animals.

Visitors should take time to enjoy the Cayman Islands for both its exotic nightlife and the exquisiteness of nature. Guests need to keep one eye on the island’s exquisite beauty with the other on the lookout for famous celebrities. The Cayman Islands have a lot of both.