chapter  11
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Hydraulic Fracturing: Paving the Way for a Sustainable Future?

ByJiangang Chen, Mohammed H. Al-Wadei, Rebekah C. M. Kennedy

The United States struggles with increasing carbon emissions due to the use of high-carbon energy sources such as petroleum and coal, which together provide the largest portion of primary energy consumption in the country [1]. Energy-related activities have been the primary source of domestic anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which contributes to the widespread climate-related stress on water resources, livestock, ecosystems, and human health [2]. This appreciation therefore highlights the link between our primary future energy source(s) and future climate change and impacts.