Tell Congress to stop supporting FRACKING and spend our resources developing clean, renewable resources! The oil and gas industry has created a massive PR campaign to convince the public that fracking will create American energy independence, while working behind closed doors to open up export facilities to ship gas abroad. This would drive up gas prices for U.S. consumers and create huge oil and gas profits, all at the expense of U.S. communities.
And now, the industry is trying to use the recent crisis in Ukraine
as leverage to get Congress to rubber stamp approvals for new export
facilities, even though the gas would be sold to 158 World Trade
Organization (WTO) countries on the open market. Bills to allow these
exports have been introduced in the House (H.R. 6) by Cory Gardner
(R-CO) and in the Senate (S. 2083) by Mark Udall (D-CO). However, the
ploy is a complete sham by the oil and gas industry to take advantage of
a foreign crisis.
Exporting natural gas spells disaster at all points. First, it
requires more fracking – a process that is poisoning Americans’ water,
air and health while dramatically increasing methane emissions in the
atmosphere. Second, it entails enormous multiple football-field-sized
facilities along our coasts to supercool gas to -259 degrees –
facilities that are a huge energy sink and pose grave threats if they
explode as they have in the past. Third, the liquefied gas must be
shipped overseas in huge tanker ships, re-gasified, compressed,
transported and ultimately burned. The climate implications of the
entire process are extreme.
It is irresponsible to push for more fracking and an extremely
dangerous export process that is contributing to climate change, leading
to more global instability and in the long run, undermining any
national security goals that proponents claim will be achieved. The real
solution is to transition off of fossil fuels through proven clean
Tell Congress to stop Fracking and develop renewable, clean resources!