It was just announced in my state that the cost of electricity was going down, because the cost of natural gas was going down, because of (you guessed it) fracking. It was on the usual news and in consultation with a state power employee, but it had all the markings of a public relations release for fracking.
Externalized costs...Unfortunately, many on this forum deny their existence. Externalized costs are important. But to our populace, cheap electricity is more important...for now.