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Cramer makes the case for fracking

The environment is harmed in some fashion every time energy is produced, but we need to get our energy from somewhere, Jim Cramer said Tuesday.

"It's a fact of life," he said. "You can't get energy without doing some damage."

The "Mad Money" host was reacting to the story in the Wall Street Journal on the dangers of fracking, which details how fracking is causing tremors in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Cramer said he isn't advocating a "drill baby drill" mentality, but instead is being a realist.

Work on a fracking site.
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Work on a fracking site.

Importing oil and gas from other countries also has consequences. For example, he noted, Middle East countries have ideological differences with the U.S. and oil money has, at times, been used to finance terrorism.

"Energy independence allows us to have far more freedom of action to defend ourselves," Cramer said. "It also improves our trade balance.It creates a huge number of jobs," Cramer said. "The penalty? Tremors. Spills."

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Plus, natural gas is the least dirty fossil fuel around, he said. Fracking is safer than coal, which the Sierra Club says causes 20,000 deaths a year. In addition, solar and wind power is not practical at the moment, and won't be for quite a while.

"In a world where energy extraction will always be evil, American fossil fuels, particularly natural gas, are a heck of a lot less evil than any of the other real alternatives," Cramer said.

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