Economic booms are not without consequences, of course, but North Dakota's state government is currently running a $1.6 billion surplus, which allows it to provide many of the services that revenue-strapped states are cutting.
The benefits of fracking extend to Americans across the country. A recent study estimated that fracking improved household incomes last year by more than $1,200. Nationally, three of the top seven taxpayers are oil and gas companies.
The American energy revolution is very good news for vulnerable people, many of whom are living perilously close to financial collapse. Christians should lament economic conditions that perpetuate poverty, and we should celebrate the inverse.
Fracking—and the work of oil and gas workers more broadly—has had positive global impacts as well. Electricity and other first-world normalcies—computers, cell phones, X-ray machines, bulldozers—have become more affordable. As a result, medical manufacturing facilities have been built in Vietnam, and money transfer kiosks have popped up in every corner of the world. Doctors can conduct surgeries after dark. Children can read into the night. Pastors in remote areas can access top-shelf theological training. Billions of people in Africa and Asia are now connected to the global economic grid, lifting hundreds of millions out of extreme poverty.
Fracking creates jobs, decreases our energy bills, increases government tax revenue, and allows for people around the world to more consistently and affordably access power. As the United States moves toward becoming a net energy exporter, we can envision a day when we can fuel the world, providing energy more reliably and affordably than our global competitors.
3. It Weakens Regimes that Persecute Christians
Fracking has more opponents than Hollywood filmmakers. It has also frustrated America's global competitors, like the Persian Gulf oil barons who funded Promised Land.
The shifting geopolitical landscape is quickly stripping power from those accustomed to having it. And on the whole, this is good. Take Russia, for example. Due to fracking, Russian energy conglomerates are no longer able to bully their customers, and they are losing some customers entirely, including the United States.
This shift in power takes influence out of the hands of the Kremlin-controlled oil powerbrokers. It shifts authority away from the Putin regime, known for its harsh stance against civil society and suppression of religious freedom. The weakening of the Kremlin's strong arm opens doors for a more democratic Russia.
Fracking has also threatened the future of the Saudi Arabian oil industry. Saudi Aramco, the state's energy company, has dominated the global oil and gas industries for decades. But now the $10 trillion energy behemoth is second behind the United States. Saudi Arabia is one of the worst places for Christians to live, where gender-based violence and sexual abuse against Christians is common.
Five of the world's top ten fuel exporters are countries with either "extreme" or "severe" persecution of Christians. American oil and gas companies are discomforting Russian, Iranian, and Saudi petroleum moguls. Perhaps the geopolitical instability in these countries will lead to lower rates of persecution against Christians. If so, fracking will have played a major role.