Obama’s frack-the-earth society

epa-finger-logo 300I don’t like to criticize President Obama. But I didn’t like his climate change speech. Although I admit I wasn’t expecting much after the series of seriously stupid decisions by the EPA this year:

In January, we learned the EPA shelved a Texas water study to appease Range Resources.

In April, the EPA lowered its estimate of methane gas leaks from natural gas production, blatantly ignoring published NOAA data showing massive methane leaks from natural gas operations in Utah and Colorado.

One week before the President’s speech the EPA announced their fracking impacts study would be delayed until 2016.

Less than 48 hours after that announcement, the agency dropped the Pavillion, Wyoming fracking pollution study.

Looks pretty bad when you stack it all together like that. Maybe they thought no one was watching.

When it comes to climate change, talk is cheap. Actions speak louder than words. This is not a problem we are facing down the road. We are living through it. Oil & gas drilling have become part of the climate change problem  – definitely NOT the solution. The drought affects our water supply. Fracking consumes millions of gallons of water. While the EPA practices fracking pollution denial, those who live near the gasfields know that the drilling process through all its various stages, including natural gas processing, pollutes the air and groundwater and damages public health. Smoke from wildfires causes air inversions that trap the toxic drilling chemicals lower to the ground, creating dangerous ozone levels.

President Obama said: “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.” Come to find out, the Flat Earth Society believes in climate change. Obviously he was referring to backward thinking. Yet the President revealed his own backward thinking about oil & gas drilling with this statement: “And again, sometimes there are disputes about natural gas, but we should strengthen our position as the top natural gas producer because, in the medium-term at least, it can provide not only safe, cheap power, but it can only help reduce our carbon emissions.”

“Sometimes there are disputes”? There is absolutely no dispute — even among those in the industry — that oil & gas drilling causes  impacts to our air quality, water quality and public health. Anyone who disputes whether these impacts will be with us for the long term is either callous or in denial — or both.

The connection between the EPA’s actions and the President’s words is undeniable. As much as it pains me to say this, President Obama is a fracking pollution denier. The leader of the frack-the-earth society.

President Obama’s reckless disregard for the very real evidence of water contamination, air pollution, and harm to public health is egregious. Evidently there’s some payoff for him if the EPA looks the other way, but it comes at a high cost to public health and the environment – now and for future generations to come. Natural gas may be the President’s “golden goose” but it’s laying toxic eggs.

More reactions to the President’s climate change speech –

Why Big Coal and the Anti-Frackers Are Up in Arms Over Obama’s Climate Plan

Obama Fracking Support In Climate Speech Worries Environmental Groups

Obama Climate Plan Touts Gas Fracking As “Transition Fuel,” Doubling Down on Methane Risk

Is Obama’s Faith in Carbon Capture a Technicolor Dream?

President Obama Pegs Fate of Keystone XL On Climate Change Impact; Slams Climate Denial Flat Earth Society

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8 Comments on “Obama’s frack-the-earth society”

  1. Bob Arrington Says:

    In support to your observations:

    Bob

  2. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    Thanks Bob. It really sucks to see him stick his head in the fracking sand like this.

  3. Mary Hughes Says:

    I agree with your comment. I don’t know what to think of his reasoning. Money has never been his big thing. I think he is still getting bad advice from bad or truly ignorant advisers?

  4. Carl Mc Williams Says:

    Peggy, this is one of your best blogs. Thank you.

  5. David Mead Says:

    You hit the nail squarely on the head with this one. We know the toxicity exists but no study can ever prove it. Only in the end will it be known how bad it really is!

  6. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    Actually David, the toxicity to our air and water has been proven over and over again. The problem is that government covers up, suppresses, or drops the studies and in individual cases, the industry makes victims sign non-disclosure agreements. It’s a gigantic cover up with the EPA leading the way.

  7. David Mead Says:

    That is essentially what I was trying to say, you just say it better than I did. We know the toxicity is there (studies have shown it), We can’t prove it (to a satisfactory level), because of the cover-ups you mention. Keep up the good work!

  8. Peggy Tibbetts Says:

    Thanks David. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch Split Estate. It’s all in that film.

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