I'm quite sure there are videos all over YouTube of people lighting their tap water on fire. But leaving it at that trivializes the problem behind the phenomenon: for those who live near natural gas extraction points that use a water-intensive method called fracking to get at the fuel, there is NATURAL GAS in the FUCKING WATER!

Gasland is a documentary now airing on HBO about the problem. Here's director Josh Fox on The Daily Show putting the problem in context. This feeds right into the US' ongoing water crisis, and is a wasteful and dangerous process that once again points up the need for renewable energy sources.

But it's still pretty cool to watch someone set tap water on fire.

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