NO FRACKING WAY!
Say NO to Hydrofracking and
Stop Gas Companies from Poisoning
Our Land and Water!
Everyone Should Know... The United States is approximately 4% of the Earth's population,
yet we generate 25% of humanity's greenhouse gases.
But global climate change won't hit America or the developed
world as hard as it will impact the developing
world, which already faces problems stemming from colonialization,
corporate globalization, agricultural & demographic upheavel,
political instability, poverty, etc.
America can afford to mitigate, compared to the developing world, so,
whatever we do about the problem today, we are wealthy enough to
control domestic political fallout tomorrow. And we are better able to
provide the resources and inputs to protect our agricultural systems,
coastal cities, and so forth. So we can hide from our own catatrophic
failures, longer if not forever. We can let others feel them while
we live in denial. It is happening.
Yet our way of life impacts the people in developing countries, and our
bad energy policies create real-life problems that poor countries don't
have the resources, nor the responsibility, to solve. If 'Big Nat'
pushes Americans around, then imagine what it's like trying to advocate
for good governence in the Niger Delta, where oil companies prop up
brutal undemocratic regimes. How will these countries ever deal with
the implications of global climate change if we, the wealthy nations,
won't even acknowledge our own responsibilities?
The United States generates 25% of the world's greenhouse gases,
yet the devastation of global climate change will hit the developing world hardest.
This opinion piece from the New York Times makes a strong case for the
spectacular stupidity of North American energy and resource extraction
policy. We owe it to future generations of Americans to do better, and
we owe it to people living beyond our borders as well.
NYT: Game Over for the Climate? - May 12, 2012
Friends, do you decide where your energy comes from each time you turn on a light or buy a manufactured product? No. The energy crisis will be solved with policy, not personal responsibility.
Europeans aren't so much better than we are. They just don't glorify a
wasteful and exploitative economic dystopia to quite the same degree as
we do. They aren't so beholden to the American Enterprise Institutute
and so forth. (Check out 'globalwarming.org' if you want to puke your
guts out on high-profile industry propaganda. Do they still have a
'Student Resources' link?) If we let greedy people make our policy for
us, then it will be a policy of exploitation, and the developing world
will be most exploited. Energy policy is important and we need to care.
It's a dire issue of justice and tomorrow is too late.
Fall 2009, Updated 12/25/11
A comprehensive resource for information on the dangers of
hydrofracking. If you're new to all this, see in particular Drilling 101
This is also the site for people organizing against fracking in New York's
Finger Lakes region.
Christmas Day 2011
Compulsory Integration and Gas Leases
I want to direct this article to the attension of our down-state (New York City)
, who may consider themselves environmentally-minded, as well as
politically aware active or connected.
This article does a good job explaining the difficulties faced by our
upstate populace. We were approached by gas contractors exploiting both
broken New York State governance and ignorance over the as-of-then not-yet
widely understood issue of "hydraulic fracking" (from the contractors, this was basically
the first many had even heard the term.) BUT PLEASE keep reading
shock you if you are not already familiar with
how it works. Please be sure you truly understand what you are reading
and what it means to us.
NYC Watershed! They've agreed not to frack you. But they want to frack us. Local
governance is ruled by Albany, and you, downstate, have most of our liberal
people. This is why they placate you and try to buy us off individually. We are basically fracked without you. Because Albany is broken
and the Natural Gas Companies are exploiting this.
The FRAC Act
congressmen to support
the FRAC Act!
This legislation (co-sponsored by New York Senator Schumer and New York
Representive Hinchey in their respective Houses of Congress) "aims to
repeal the exemption for hydraulic
fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act." Sounds pretty reasonable.
Some have questioned if the FRAC Act goes far enough, and I encourage
scrutiny of the legislation. I also feel like it would be a
amazing first step.
finds evidence that hydrofracking pollutes well water
Radio ads in the Finger Lakes region [I haven't listened in a while to
know if they still run] claim that hydrofracking is
"environmentally safe," even as the EPA is [was] beginning to find
to the contrary. Ground water is a complicated thing. Do we really want
to risk pumping millions of gallons of carcinogens into the ground?
Even if hydrofracking appeared safe in the short run (which it
doesn't), there is no way to ensure it won't cause problems many years
from now, when the gas companies have moved on, and any temporary
economic benefits have disipated. Water will be the oil of the 21st
century, and once our groundwater is contamined, there will be nothing
we can do. At that point, we're just fracked.
Frack Me Not!
Or, Wow, Natural Gas Industry, That's A Shitty Energy Policy
(Based on my undergraduate and graduate studies of science,
engineering, economics, and environmental policy at Cornell University)
This is written for general
audience (without formality of jargon) but believe me, the economics
and geology behind it all checks out. You can vet it.
We will never run out of fossil fuels. We extract the "low hanging"
fossil fuel "fruit" first, then move on to sources at greater and
greater cost. Eventually it becomes too expensive to extract and/or
find. This is water tight. Let me repeat the essential point for
clarity. We will never run out of fossil fuels, the cost of fossils
fuels will only become greater and greater.
The way a corporation like Halburton, Slumberger, even bomb-contractors
like Lockheed Martin and Boeing, look at the "profit" equation (goal of
a corporation is to maximize profit), their business practices clearly
demonstrate they see YOUR resources (including natural resources and
the Iraqi infrastructure) as THROUGHPUT THEY CAN PROFIT FROM and
the ONLY TRICK is dealing with the (greater and greater) costs.
Costs are SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, and ECONOMIC.
When I was growing up in the 90s, a portion of my parent's utility bill
went toward PRO Natural Gas ads during a time when, to my small child
self, there was no real obvious reason why it should be necessary to
promote such a seemingly wonderful energy choice. After all, was energy
in my state of New York even degregulated yet? Why advertise the
cheaper, cleaner choice? Here's my guess:
-Energy companies literally hire Geology to understand fossil fuels (not groundwater so much, I'll add)
-They've known about the MARCELLES THROUGHPUT for a long time, and know it's a hard sell
-So what does the ad (call it propaganda if you like) do about dealing
with the costs? How can we write them off the financial books and out
of the text books? They teach us to accept or ignore the social and
environmental costs (despite whatever benefits they further claim).
-Meanwhile, government is (I'd argue) literally pressured, certainly
given cover to, subsidize companies, technologies, industries, etc.,
around NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION. So we are not actually reducing the
economic cost so much as investing society's resources toward the
problem of getting that THROUGHPUT out so that BIG NAT can profit off
-I'll try to slip in here subtly, they use war and resource
profiteering to pay off under-informed landowners to buy consent. The
best technology they've come up with is pumping carcinogens in copius
quantities into the earth while creating waste water and numerous other
complications they later intend to walk away from.
This will either depress or amuse you or more. I say, Reagan must have
seen no point to computers the size of a room. Why? Because he
took the solar panel off the White House that Jimmy Carter put there,
and then dismantled all the subsidizes that supported the domestic
renewable energy industry causing its swift collapse. Look at the
progress computers made in the 30 years since and weep for your
climate. Why did we invest in FRACKING TECHNOLOGY instead of SOLAR
PANEL TECHNOLOGY? Because Reagan said so. Or someone told him to.
Because energy companies already knew about the shale under your feet.
Dreams of fracking you go back to the 1950s, as I recall. They predate
the energy crisis of the 1970s and streamroll past reality with just a
little bit of energy policy trickery.
Hey, BIG NAT! Fracking is pretty contraversial in my state, no? I think
for an economic player of your magnitude, SINKING (economics term) so
much in preliminaries and makin' such big and lofty promises, you maybe
owe it to the state of New York and responsible business practice to do
some overt CONTINGENCY PLANNING in case hydraulic fracturing is deemed
too COSTLY (in oh so many ways) to actually go foward in OUR state.
Doesn't that sound responsible? Or are you truly not accustomed to ever
not getting your way? You are used to literally writing the laws, and
then you can pay the legal system to litegate until you are happy with
Cause, honestly, that THROUGHPUT starts to look pretty expensive if you DON'T GET TO TOUCH ANY OF IT.
(Society pays for everything one way or another.)
New Yorkers, join me in a chorus of FRACK ME NOT! Or how about this one, DON'T FRACK WITH NEW YORK.
My advice before and again is to TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW
about the problem of HYDRO-FRACKING.
I see it this way. We just need to reach the people who can affect
this. The people who can stop this. Anyone and everyone. Because it
will eat on the consciousness until they figure out a way.
Energy and carcinogens and destroyed landscapes in
Energy and wastewater and carcinogens out
York is truly a great state. We can claim the
greatest city in the world, some of the best wilderness
and wildlife in the country, as well as thriving agriculture and rural
communities. Let's keep
Rural Upstate communities have genuine economic concerns, and it's easy
to see why some see hydrofracking as an opportunity for economic
development. But hydrofracking
is not the answer. The benefits are temporary, and the
costs outweigh these benefits. Hydrofracking
is not the future.
When the gas has been extracted and the profits reaped, the gas
companies will move on and leave us back where we began (along with a
whole new set of problems). Hydrofracking isn't real economic
Instead of waging our economic stakes on hydrofracking, let's invest in
real, sustainable economic development. Renewable energy is the future.
and green industries are the future. High-speed rail and
data linkages are the future. Instead of trading our environmental
quality for temporary gains, let's
build on what makes New York special. Let's attract new
business with good
quality of life, not by trashing the environment. The
is clean air and clear water. The future is cultural
opportunies-- music, sports, cuisine, art, etc. New
York State is way ahead in the game, so let's not throw it away!
This is an uphill battle so we all need to
work together and do what
each of us can. Tell everyone you know about
hydrofracking. This is everyone's problem, and
sticking our heads in the sand won't keep us safe.
But when we stand together, we can turn back any
threat. Hydrofracking? No fracking way!
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This campaign will focus on our home state of New York. We
feel this is our civic responsibility as New Yorkers and stewards of
this beautiful region; but we also believe this effort will be
strategically significant for the wider movement that has emerged over
concern about the problem of hydrofracking.
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