The debate within North Carolina about fracking has caused me to wonder, “Are we really using the Earth as God intended? Are we using the Earth to the best benefit of mankind?”
It is my belief that God created this Earth for mankind’s use. He placed man upon this Earth at the top of the chain of all creatures. When God sent Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, he sent them out to till or extract from the Earth those things that would benefit mankind. The Earth would provide people with the necessities to sustain their livelihood or allow them to grow while expanding to the far corners of this Earth.
Many environmentalists claim we must protect the Earth and its creatures from destruction or the disappearance of the creatures on this Earth. I believe that their premise for protection of the creatures of this Earth in incorrect. Many of God’s creatures have disappeared from this Earth only to be replaced by another creature, and in many cases, the new creatures are more beautiful than the ones that have disappeared or are of more benefit for mankind’s use.
Yes, God created this Earth all its animals, fowl and minerals for mankind’s use and benefit. Just because God has created something for use by mankind does not relieve mankind of their responsibility to do as little harm as possible when extracting everything he can from Earth’s plentiful bounty.
During our extraction process we must protect, preserve and return the Earth to a condition that will provide for the future generations.
God will cleanse and replenish the Earth for those things that mankind has extracted. God will also grant mankind the knowledge of how to use the many other elements of the Earth that this generation and proceeding generations have not used.
When it comes to the relative new procedure of fracking to extract the gases that God has provided we must insure that the procedure does as little damage as possible to this Earth.
We must ensure that God’s trust in us as good steward of this Earth is not violated. We must do what is necessary to assist God in his cleansing and restoration of the Earth caused by our extraction of the goods that are deemed for mankind’s use.
Despite all the rhetoric, indications are that fracking procedures are safe. As with all new and unknown methods, there will be the naysayers who are against it just because the procedures are new. North Carolina is not the first to try fracking. The fracking procedure has been around for a number of years and is being used in a number of states.
It is time for North Carolina to make use of another of God’s gifts to mankind for his use.