Fracking Keeps the Lights — and Air Conditioning — on in Florida

By Nicole Jacobs Floridians use a lot of energy. In fact, thanks to a thriving tourism industry, a robust transportation network, and the fact that 19 out of 20 residents use air conditioning to survive year-long heat waves, Florida is one of the five largest energy consuming states in the country, as the most recent U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) graphic illustrates.

The majority of this energy, as the above chart shows, comes from fossil fuels, including natural gas, oil or other petroleum sources.
And while the Sunshine State does not currently use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within its borders, it already benefits greatly from

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