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    Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a method to extract oil and gas from layers deep inside the Earth by using pressurised liquid consisting of water and chemicals. The technology was first used in the 1940s, but only became popular in the United States in the past two decades.

    Social media users have blasted Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after she spoke about the issue of fracking. She made her remark in response to the vice presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence, which was held on Wednesday. During the event, Harris said there would not be a ban on fracking if Democrat Joe Biden wins the election.

    Taking to Twitter Ocasio Cortez, known by her initials AOC, voiced her opposition saying:

    ​The politician was flooded with more than 22,000 comments, with many users mocking her.

    ​Some netizens pointed to the fact that fracking has created many jobs and reduced Americans’ energy bills.

    ​Others said that AOC has not provided any arguments to support her stance and noted that fracking is safe if it is carried out properly.

    ​Others questioned her expertise, recalling that prior to her political career, AOC worked as a waitress and bartender.

    ​Many users called on the politician to act and ban fracking instead of spending time on social media.

    ​However, there were also those who sided with AOC.

    ​Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a method to extract oil and gas by using pressurised liquid consisting of water and chemicals. In the past two decades, the process has become extremely popular in the United States.
    Opponents of fracking say it poses an enormous threat to the environment. The chemicals used in the process vary from hazardous to extremely toxic and there have been instances when these chemicals have polluted drinking water sources. In some cases, the water became so contaminated that it was impossible to clean in a treatment plant. Another risk posed by fracking is earthquakes, as the oil and gas are extracted from layers deep inside the Earth.

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    Mike Pence, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fracking
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