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Wanna get away? Well thanks to fracking, you can now do so for a lot less money. Jet fuel comprises about 30% of airline operating costs, so it’s no surprise that ticket prices generally fluctuate with the price of oil. With the U.S. boom in oil production, air travel this summer is forecast to hit a seven-year low, and be 20% cheaper than in 2014.

So when you book those bargain basement airfares to the destination of your choice, remember that they were Brought To You By Fracking. 

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They said it couldn’t be done. In the summer of 2008, average U.S. gasoline prices topped $4 per gallon, angering drivers and weighing heavy on the U.S. economy. But thanks to a pioneering technology known as hydraulic fracturing, America has safely unlocked vast amounts of previously inaccessible energy resources, driving down gas prices and saving the average American driver $540 at the pump last year.

So next time you fill up, be thankful for fracking, and be glad that the U.S. has not given in to costly and extreme “keep it in the ground” rhetoric that aims to ban it.

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Dan Byers and Heath Knakmuhs, both with the Institute for 21st Century Energy, start off by discussing America’s diverse sources of energy.

Heath notes, “Our nation is most reliant on two sources — coal and natural gas, which make up two-thirds of our electricity supply.”