I was going over some Earth Science homework with my daughter Sarah yesterday. The subject this assignment was about the natural formations of rocks, which have all kinds of intricate dynamics and take extremely long periods of time. As coincidence would have it, last night I picked up an Ohio State University Alumni Magazine that had an article about “fracking.” This is a relatively new process of pumping chemical-laced water into the ground under high pressure to break up rock and release fossile fuels (oil and natural gas). For eastern Ohio, where exploratory drilling has begun, this could mean hundreds of millions of dollars and up to 200,000 jobs in related industries. Oh yeah, and it was also noted there is serious concern groundwater, surface water and wildlife habitats could be significantly damaged in the area. So, how often have we let this sort of “gold rush” mentality in this country trump things that, sustainably, are way more important? And when are we going to learn?