Tell the Department of Energy: Don't allow fracked gas exports

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The Obama administration is poised to give the fracking industry a massive handout by green-lighting 16 pending gas export terminals that would dramatically expand fracking and imperil our climate.
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What's worse for the climate than fracking? More fracking. And that's exactly what we'll get if the Obama administration signs off on permits for 16 fossil fuel megaprojects that are currently sitting on his desk.

As early as next week, President Obama could start rubber-stamping 16 pending permits to build massive export terminals to ship natural gas overseas, creating a huge new incentive for the fracking industry to accelerate drilling in the U.S. And there's every reason to think Obama will do just that: his Department of Energy released a terrible report that downplays the devastating impact that fracking, burning and exporting gas has on local communities, our economy, and on the climate.1

We need to push back on that report. We have until Thursday to submit public comments urging the Obama administration not to let the fracking industry's plan to export fracked gas move forward. As President Obama begins his new term, we need to urge his administration to take a stand to protect our climate, not continue giving fossil fuel companies free rein to destroy our health, communities and our future.

Tell the Obama administration: Reject applications to export fracked gas. Click here to submit a public comment to the Department of Energy.

Fracked gas is mostly methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leaks from natural gas wells, pipelines, and other infrastructure. Recent research even suggests that methane emissions from fracked natural gas operations are so high that fracking may be worse for the climate than coal.2

Exporting fracked gas — which requires a carbon-intensive process of liquefying it, cooling it to -260 degrees Fahrenheit, and shipping it — produces 20%-30% more CO2 than burning gas in the U.S.3 Furthermore, exporting fracked gas would increase domestic prices, giving utility companies an incentive to use coal-fired power plants — which are beginning to be phased out, largely due to the low price of natural gas — and increasing U.S. carbon emissions overall.4

Bottom line: No matter how you do the math, a world that runs on natural gas is a world wracked by climate chaos and extreme weather — deadly superstorms, wildfires, droughts, and floods.5 We need to move away from fossil fuels, not make massive investments in new infrastructure that will lock us into dirty fracked gas for years to come.

Tell the Obama administration: Reject fracked gas exports. Click here to submit a public comment to the Department of Energy.

Green-lighting fracked gas export terminals would have a disproportionate impact on communities near fracking operations. People living near fracking operations cope with terrifying local impacts: contaminated — even flammable — drinking water, cancer-causing air pollution, massive open pits full of toxic wastewater, huge fleets of diesel trucks, chemical spills, and pipeline explosions.6 Some residents have even found fracking chemicals and heavy metals in their blood.7

In short, the human toll taken by fracking is already far too high. Giving the fracking industry an incentive to expand its operations by allowing it to export fracked gas overseas is nothing short of irresponsible.

For the United States, 2012 was the hottest year in recorded history. A slew of climate change-driven disasters — including deadly Superstorm Sandy — underscored the dangers associated with unchecked climate change. It's time for President Obama to answer the call of history and stand up to the fossil fuel industry — starting with blocking fracked gas exports.

Tell the Obama administration: Reject fracked gas exports. Click here to submit a public comment to the Department of Energy.

Thanks for standing up to the fracking industry.

Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager
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1. Ben Geman and Zack Colman, "Long-awaited study says gas exports would boost US economy," The Hill, December 5, 2012
2. Jeff Tollefson, "Methane leaks erode green credentials of natural gas," Nature, January 2, 2013
3. Joe Romm, "Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Is Still Bad For The Climate — And A Very Poor Long-Term Investment," ThinkProgress, August 16, 2012
4. Craig Segall, "Look Before the LNG Leap," Sierra Club, November 2012
5. Joe Romm, "IEA's 'Golden Age of Gas Scenario' Leads to More Than 6°F Warming and Out-of-Control Climate Change," ThinkProgress, June 7, 2011
6. "Hydraulic Fracturing 101," Earthworks
7. Eliza Griswold, "The Fracturing of Pennsylvania," New York Times Magazine, November 17, 2011

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