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Ernest Moniz and the Growing No-Fracking Movement


It is very unfortunate that Ernest Moniz, the new Energy Secretary, is, like Barack Obama, an “all of the above” energy guy. 

said some good things publicly about energy efficiency and solar, wind and geothermal energy. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>In this short interview Moniz accurately states that there is less C02 from the extraction, production and burning of gas than from coal or oil, but there is no mention of the huge issue of fugitive emissions of methane from fracked, as well as conventionally-produced, gas, all throughout its lifecycle. A growing number of reputable studies over the last two years have shown that, especially over a 20 year time frame, the production, distribution and burning of gas produces more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than oil or coal per unit of energy produced. This is the case because methane is a much more powerful GHG than CO2. And even the best regulations, backed up by adequate enforcement agents and mechanisms, all very unlikely, can have at best a limited impact. Gas is, after all, a powerful fossil fuel. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>We are literally on the cusp right now of the renewable energy revolution which can give the world a fighting chance of avoiding climate catastrophe. But the oil and gas industry is going full speed ahead, with federal government support, to dramatically increase pipelines and other infrastructure and build export terminals along our coasts. Their plan is to frack even more of our land, ship fracked gas around the world where gas prices are higher and make lots of money for their investors, even though the cost of gas will escalate for us here in the States. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>This is the time, and we are the people who have to prevent the fossil fuelers from literally fracking it up. 

Stop the Frack Attack, a national network of groups fighting fracking which didn’t exist a year and a half ago, is calling for and organizing coordinated actions and initiatives throughout the month of June. The call to action explains why: 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>“State governments and the federal government could act to protect us, yet too many elected officials are going along with the myth that oil and gas fracking is safe and that natural gas is a ‘clean’ energy source that brings economic benefit. We know that the myth is false: every dollar spent on more oil and gas keeps us from moving towards truly clean energy and ending our reliance on fossil fuels. It destroys truly sustainable jobs and the development of economies that are based on healthy communities. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>One of the forms of action happening in a number of places during this month of June is the showing of Josh Fox’s powerful sequel to his first movie on fracking, Gasland 2. 

Fearless Summer. Actions against fracking will be linked with opposition to the other forms of extreme energy extraction: mountaintop removal coal mining, Arctic oil/gas drilling, tar sands oil exploitation and deep water offshore oil/gas drilling. 

Join Summer Heat regional actions with a similar extreme energy approach will be organized by 350.org and other groups. 

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"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>Ted Glick is the National Campaign Coordinator of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Past writings and other information can be found at http://tedglick.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jtglick.
 

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