I'm driving on country roads in Kansas and sometimes I see fire hoses in the ditch, and they go on for miles, lots of them. I've seen them in Oklahoma too. Never saw this before the last year or two. The hoses veer off into creeks, ponds, and at wells. A giant parasitic sucking rivers of water off the surface of the earth for fracking. Toxic chemicals and water are pumped thousands of feet down to fracture the layers of rock releasing trapped oil and/or gas. In California it takes 80,000 to 300,000 gallons per well. In one field in Texas they have used 15,000 acre feet of water for fracking. In drought areas, which is much of the west, this water is draining water from farm and city. Falling water table has reversed much of western Kansas from irrigation back to dry land farming with a fall in rural wealth and lower crop production. Meaning less food, higher prices as this spreads. But oil and gas companies profit, and isn't that what we all want?
The Congress also voted to force the president to approve the XL tar sands pipe from Canada to the Gulf so Canada can use us as a delivery system. The fossil fuel industry paid 36 million for this vote. All those who got a check voted for the pipe. And isn't that what we all want?