Moving heaven and Earth
The pursuit of cheap fossil fuels ‘almost certainly’ causes earthquakes.
It sounds like a plot for a James Bond movie. A super villain, hiding in a secret laboratory inside an abandoned mine deep beneath the Appalachian Mountains, schemes to drill into the Earth, inject fluids and cause earthquakes. He will stop only if America agrees to pay a million, billion or trillion dollars, depending on the decade.
That’s not how it works in the real world, of course. In the real world, Americans willingly pay huge sums to encourage the drilling. Humanity now has the power to alter the world on monumental scales, sometimes unintentionally.