Don’t Bail Out Environmentally Damaging Fracking Companies Due to Coronavirus Fears

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Cancel plans to offer financial aid to fracking companies amid public health scare.

Producers of shale oil, a process that uses fracking, may receive a bailout from the Trump administration amid a massive drop in natural gas prices due to the ongoing coronavirus scare. Critics have described this as a blatant example of corporate socialism, under which private companies are granted tax money without consulting the public.

Fracking has faced years of criticism for its enormous negative consequences for the environment, including increased emissions of carbon and greenhouse gases, destabilized land and homes, and poisoned water supplies. The industry had already been suffering as cleaner, more reliable energy sources have been growing more popular and profitable.

This move would be a shameful attempt to steal public funds for corporate benefit, slowing the progress needed to alleviate the effects of climate change and handing back power to an abusive and destructive industry. President Trump can’t be allowed to take advantage of the people of the United States in this way. Sign the petition below to demand that this be stopped.


Dear President Trump,

The reported move to bail out a failing natural gas industry comes as unwelcome news for millions of Americans. The attempt to cynically use a health crisis to benefit private companies with no public responsibility is criminally corrupt.

I demand that you stop this immediately. You have no right to use taxpayers’ money to prop up a failing, destructive industry.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: D. Myles Cullen

One Comment

  1. Elizabeth Story says:

    These shale/fracking companies were in big financial strife long before the coronavirus surfaced, so cannot use this excuse as justification for taxpayer funder handouts. It is not deserved.

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