Here, here! In this day and age, for a journalist to write a story like that without mentioning the long-term effects and problems that will come with this supposed "upward mobility" is irresponsible at best. We are all way too interconnected to not repeatedly point out the cause and effect going on here, and everywhere.
As a nation (and world) we should be constantly reminding ourselves what our ideals and goals are, and then find ways to make those ideals happen. The way to stop fracking is to develop alternate energy sources that make more sense in the long run and provide jobs in the short run... which we can easily do. Unfortunately, government policy doesn't not encourage this, and we keep right on voting for more government that will continue to not support this.
So, what is the average Joe to do?
1) Don't vote for the Obamas or the Bush's. Try a third party, for once, and make sure they have integrity.
2) Reduce your own need for big energy, whether that's biking, public transportation, installing solar panels, buying a diesel car and converting it to WVO (waste veggie oil) or whatever else you come up with.
If everyone just did those two things, the fracking issue, and many of our issues, would cease to be issues.