Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Protect the environment and US energy security by preventing the increase of natural gas exports
During the last few years, the controversial method of gas extraction known as “fracking” has led to a natural gas boom in the United States. Fracking involves forcefully injecting chemicals underground to release pockets of gas trapped deep beneath the earth’s surface. Chemicals used for fracking include known carcinogens and other toxins, which may leak into aquifers and nearby water supplies and contaminate drinking water. Fracking is an environmental and public health disaster that has put the safety of countless communities at risk.
The gas industry now wants to cash in on fracking by expanding natural gas exports from the US. Increasing gas exports would create even more demand for fracking, while contributing to global dependence on fossil fuel-based energy. As if that isn’t enough, exporting gas would reduce US energy security by shrinking energy reserves here at home. Exporting gas is a good way for energy companies to get rich fast, but it makes no sense for a rational US energy policy.
Fortunately, there is still time to stop expanded gas exports. National bodies like the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission must sign off on new gas export terminals proposed on the East and West Coasts of the United States. President Obama should direct all federal agencies with influence over these projects to reject new gas export proposals. Steps to curb gas exports should be accompanies by federal policies to limit pollution from fracking, and encourage renewable energy.
Sign the petition below and urge President Obama to support a national energy policy based on clean, renewable energy, not gas exports.
Dear President Barack Obama,
You recently stated that it is up to your administration to decide “whether or not we export liquefied natural gas [from the US] at all.” Thank you for taking direct responsibility for this important decision, which will help shape US energy policy for years to come. Exporting natural gas makes no sense from either an environmental or energy security standpoint, and we the undersigned urge your administration to reject proposals to send US gas overseas.
Natural gas export project would help gas companies get rich fast, but would do nothing for our energy security. In fact, exporting gas hurts US energy security goals, by reducing the energy available to us here at home. In addition, gas export projects can only add to the suffering of communities already impacted by the dangerous practice of fracking. With fracking already contaminating drinking water that hundreds of people rely on, it is time to take a step back and acknowledge that runaway gas development is hurting public health.
The US should develop a sane energy policy that prohibits the use of toxic chemicals for fracking, and safeguards the environment by limiting natural gas exports. We also need to encourage renewable energy, with the goal of transitioning off of all fossil fuels as quickly as possible. When natural gas extraction does happen, it should be done with the strongest possible environmental standards in place, and should supply energy for domestic consumption only.
Please do the right thing for the environment, public health, and US energy security, and instruct federal agencies with jurisdiction over proposed gas export terminals to stop these projects from moving forward.
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