Keep Fossil Fuel Misinformation Off the Radio


Target: National Public Radio

Goal: Stop giving ad time to the toxic natural gas industry.

Natural gas “fracking” is one of the dirtiest industries in the United States. The process of fracking involves injecting water, sand, and a soup of toxic chemicals deep underground, to dislodge natural gas trapped far below the Earth’s surface. Chemicals used for fracking can contaminate nearby aquifers, jeopardizing local water supplies. Fracking also releases methane, a greenhouse gas more than twenty times as potent as carbon dioxide. While water pollution from fracking endangers people’s health, methane released during the same process is making climate change worse.

Despite the dangers of fracking, oil and gas companies are touting natural gas as a supposedly clean fuel. While natural gas is cleaner burning than coal or oil, this argument ignores the pollution that occurs at the point of extraction. When you factor this into the equation, it becomes clear that fracked natural gas in anything but clean.

Unfortunately, National Public Radio (NPR) recently allowed a fracking industry front group, the American Natural Gas Association, to become a sponsor of their informative radio show. This means ads promoting natural gas as a clean fuel are airing on the radio, misleading listeners who look to NPR for trustworthy information. NPR should drop the American Natural Gas Association as a sponsor, and stop giving air time to the fracking industry’s misinformation. Sign the petition below to urge NPR to take this step.


Dear National Public Radio,

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our concerns about NPR’s sponsorship by the American Natural Gas Association. NPR is a great program, rightly praised for providing listeners with accurate coverage of important issues and events, so it’s disturbing to see your organization give air time to gas industry ads that promote natural gas as a “clean” fuel. The process of fracking for gas is anything but clean, and is endangering water supplies for thousands of people across the country. Meanwhile, methane leaks from fracking operations also contribute to climate change. Natural gas fracking is neither clean nor green, and it’s important that the public has all the facts.

It’s sad to see the natural gas industry’s misinformation being promoted on the radio, and equally alarming to think that NPR is being sponsored by such a toxic industry. With clean, cheap renewable energy options readily available, we simply don’t need to rely on fracking. Please, reconsider your sponsorship deal with the American Natural Gas Association, and give your listeners the full story about fracking.


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