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Fracking for Natural Gas: Why the Hype?
By Shahir Masri – 3/22/13
Natural gas (NG) refers mainly to methane (the simplest hydrocarbon), but can also include other gases born from the earth including ethane, propane, and butane. NG is just one of many sources of energy, others being coal, oil, nuclear, as well as “green” sources such as wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal. Keep in mind that much of these raw resources are simply means of generating electricity, which is why electricity itself isn’t considered an energy source.