Protecting the environment is a goal we all share, and few have done more for the environment than Fracking.

When used for electricity, natural gas emits up to 60 percent less carbon dioxide (CO2) than other major power sources. Fracking’s leadership, along with her allies horizontal drilling and advanced 3-D seismic, has given us cheap and abundant natural gas, and more and more power plants have turned to this clean burning fuel. As a result, CO2 emissions from power plants are at a 25 year low. In fact, the United States has led the world in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, thanks in large part to natural gas and Fracking.

She has also been a champion of public health. Natural gas-fired power plants emit very few local pollutants, and areas that have switched to natural gas have seen major air quality benefits. New York City, for example, adopted a clean air plan that relies on natural gas that Fracking unlocked. Her work speaks for itself, as the plan is expected to save 800 lives per year, and reduce emergency room visits by 1,600.

As many parts of the country continue to suffer from droughts, Fracking has even helped some regions save water. Natural gas, when used for electricity, consumes 60-70 percent less water than other major power options. In Texas, for every gallon of water that Fracking used, the state saved 33 gallons of water. Fracking also accounts for only 0.04 percent of freshwater use across the United States.

And since Fracking has allowed us to import less oil, that means fewer tankers crossing the ocean. Environmental regulations in the United States are among the strongest in the world, and thanks to the vast resources that she unlocked, we’re now producing more oil safely here at home.