Will Fracking Ruin Beer?

Andrew Sullivan —  May 26 2012 @ 6:02pm

The Brooklyn Brewery fears so:

The brewmeister of Brooklyn Brewery says toxic fracking chemicals like methanol, benzene, and ethylene glycol (found in anti-freeze) could contaminate his beer by leaking into New York's water supply. Unlike neighboring Pennsylvania, New York state has promised to ban high-volume fracking from the city's watershed. But environmentalists say the draft fracking regulations are weak and leave the largest unfiltered water supply in the United States—not to mention the beer that is made from it—vulnerable.

Meanwhile, Walter Russell Mead digests a new study that found gas production, often via fracking, has actually reduced carbon emissions by 450 million tons over the past five years:

While greens have spent years chasing a global green unicorn, America has been moving towards reducing its carbon footprint on its own, and fracking has been the centerpiece of this change. In fact, America’s drop in carbon emissions is greater than that of any other country in the survey.

Greens have often praised Europe and Australia for their foresight in adopting forward-thinking carbon-trading schemes, while chastising America for its reluctance to do the same. Yet the numbers are out, and America has actually performed better than its carbon-trading peers. From an empirical standpoint, fracking has a much better track record at reducing emissions than the current green dream.

More Dish on the pros and cons of fracking here, here, here and here.