Natural Gas is Not a Climate Solution
From Deb Nardone, U. S. Sierra Club, July 5, 2013
We are at the fork in the road — continue our dependence on dirty, climate-changing fossil fuels or move towards a clean energy future?
Last week, President Obama shared a climate action plan that doubled down on clean energy and natural gas. Proposing we frack more to replace coal and ship natural gas overseas is a recipe for climate disaster.
Drilling for natural gas means more climate pollution. Methane emissions from fracking — leaking from wells throughout the drilling process — are 72 to 105 times more potent than carbon dioxide.1 And we know the climate footprint of a fracked well is much larger than the well itself. The water, sand, and steel used to build and drill these wells is trucked in, redefining rush hour traffic in many parts of the country. 2
Right now, decisions are being made about what it means to protect a community from fracking pollution, where natural gas companies can drill, and where to locate liquefied natural gas export terminals. Whether it’s replacing coal-fired power plants with natural gas plants or shipping the gas to other countries — our communities, public lands, and coasts are threatened by more fracking.
Thank you for all you do,
Deb Nardone, Director,
Beyond Natural Gas Campaign, Sierra Club
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1. IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007
2. “Why Move Beyond Natural Gas“, Sierra Club