"Any extraction of fossil fuel is going to involve some environmental impact and risk," Van Slyke admits, "But while there may indeed be some risks involved in fracking for natural gas in New York, to honestly assess these risks, we must weigh them against the risks of continuing our dependence on imported oil." The risk that comes with dependence on oil includes the danger of further war as well as environmental impacts of its own. As far as Van Slyke is concerned, there's no third option between fracking and war.
Sure, I want energy to power my home, office and car that is generated without risk of war or pollution. Who doesn't? But we're not there yet. Not even close. There are not, and for the foreseeable future there will not be, nearly enough wind turbines, solar panels and other non-petroleum alternatives to meet current or forecasted energy demand. So as we transition to renewable and cleaner technologies — a process that will take decades — let's not be so foolish as to ignore the value of comparatively safer resources and strategies like domestic fracking.