Target: French President Francois Hollande
Goal: Commend France for upholding nation wide ban on fracking
A constitutional challenge against France’s ban on fracking – initiated by the company Schuepbach Energy – has resulted in the ban being upheld and a company loss. The nation of France will continue to ban fracking in their country and has done so since 2011. Applaud the country of France for this environmentally vital stand against fracking.
The French ban on fracking has been contested many time,s but now has become official. The ban was passed because there was concern that fracking for shale gas could lead to a leak of methane gas, which is a more potent green house than carbon. fracking could also lead to the pollution of fresh water supplies and mini earthquakes. No doubt the energy company wanted the 137 trillion cubic feet of recoverable shale gas, an estimate provided by the U.S. Energy Information Agency. However this number hasn’t been confirmed. There is also interest in this gas because it has less carbon than fossil fuels, but again there are great concerns about the leakage of methane and mini earthquakes.
Reports from scientists and environmentalists estimate that our planet can withstand emissions of 800-880 gigatons of greenhouse gases without catastrophic changes. Once this number is exceeded, the planet’s temperature would slowly rise two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Humanity has already emitted more than 60 percent of this amount since 2011. If fracking led to massive leaks of methane into the atmosphere, it would only speed up the catastrophic changes of the planet. The nation of France has decreed that banning such a destructive method is not a violation of the constitution. Sign this petition and commend the president for standing strong on this decision.
Dear President Francois Hollande,
I am writing this letter to thank you for banning fracking in your nation. No doubt you know of its dire consequences and I am grateful that you understand this. Massive leaks of methane will no doubt speed up the catastrophic changes for our planet and water – the most precious substance on earth – will also be polluted. This subject is being highly contested in many locations around the world and I am glad that is has been settled wisely in your nation.
I hope that your country will continue to make wise decisions. I understand that most of your country gets their electricity from nuclear power. As I am sure you know, environmentalists oppose this form of energy because of its pollution and storage. No doubt the incident from the Fukashima Plant has been on your mind. I hope that you also phase out this technology and come up with new innovative ways to power your nation.
[Your Name Here]
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