Tell President Obama: Don't appoint this fracking guy

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"As a proponent of fracking, Dr. Ernest Moniz is the wrong choice to lead the Department of Energy. Appoint an energy secretary who will move us away from toxic, climate-heating fossil fuels and toward sustainable energy."
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Dear Friend,

President Obama keeps saying we need to confront climate change.

So why is he going to appoint a major proponent of fracking to lead the Department of Energy?

According to Reuters, President Obama has chosen for the job Dr. Ernest Moniz, the director of MIT's Big Oil-sponsored Energy Institute and a big believer in expanding toxic, climate-heating gas fracking.1

At a time when the last thing we should be doing is undermining our progress against climate change, Moniz is the wrong choice to head one of the most important agencies in the fight for a sustainable energy future.

Tell President Obama: Stop promoting fracking, and don't appoint Ernest Moniz to head the Department of Energy! Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Moniz's Energy Institute at MIT is sponsored by the likes of BP, Chevron and Saudi Aramco. So it is no surprise that the gas industry and pro-fracking groups welcomed the rumor of Moniz's appointment to head the DOE.2

Moniz is a strong backer of the deeply flawed notion that we should expand our fracking infrastructure and development to serve as a "bridge" to low-carbon sources of energy.3

But fracking isn't a bridge to a better future; it's an expressway to climate change and toxic pollution. Expanding fracking will worsen its toxic air pollution and increase its huge volumes of toxic wastewater, will increase incidents of groundwater contamination, and will unleash an absolutely catastrophic amount of greenhouse gas4 — not just from burning gas, but from the tremendous leakage from fracking wells of methane, a greenhouse gas that has 20 times the heat-trapping power of C02 over 100 years, making fracked gas as bad for the climate as burning coal.

What's more, heavy reliance on burning gas slows the implementation of the sustainable carbon-free sources of energy that will put a dent in our climate emissions.

Tell President Obama: Stop promoting fracking, and don't appoint Ernest Moniz to head the Department of Energy! Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Climate change won't be solved by tradeoffs, compromises, or moderate-sounding catchphrases like "all of the above." President Obama cannot make a serious attempt at confronting climate change as long as he is pushing policies to "encourage" fracking and appointing administration officials who will undermine the progress he could be making.

Last week, we delivered to the White House our open letter co-signed by over 240,000 people, calling on President Obama to lead on climate change and abandon his "all of the above" energy policy. But he still doubled down on it in his State of the Union address. By publicly protesting his likely pick for Energy secretary, we know that he'll hear the message.

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Thank you for standing up to President Obama's support for fracking.

Elijah Zarlin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. "Obama settles on EPA, Energy Department nominees: source," Reuters, February 20, 2013
2. "Will Ernest Moniz be the next Energy secretary?," Christian Science Monitor, February 11, 2013
3. "Will Obama Appoint Fracking Proponent Ernest Moniz to Energy Secretary?" Alternet, February 8, 2013
4. "Bridge To Nowhere? NOAA Confirms High Methane Leakage Rate Up To 9% From Gas Fields, Gutting Climate Benefit," Think Progress, January 2, 2013


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