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  13. New evidence shows that fracking is disastrous for climate change because it releases significant amounts of methane, which traps heat at 86-105 times the rate of CO2.

    We can’t afford any more damage to our water and climate. Please join our friends at CREDO Action in urging President Obama to halt fracking on public lands immediately.

    Thanks for all you do!

    Bob Fertik

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    CREDO action

    Tell President Obama: Immediately stop fracking on public lands

    Sign the petition to President Obama
    “New evidence shows that promoting fracking was a huge mistake. We can’t afford any more damage to our water and climate. Immediately halt fracking on public lands, and do everything in your power to move us to clean energy and away from all fossil fuels.”

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    Dear Friend,
    No fracking on public lands

    New revelations about fracking and methane — the potent global warming pollutant it unleashes from below ground — are raising alarm bells that call into question the heart of President Obama’s entire energy policy.

    A new must-read article by Bill McKibben details a recent Harvard study with an alarming result: Our transition under President Obama from coal power to methane fracking, aka “natural gas,” may have actually increased total U.S. global warming pollution — contrary to what the Obama administration has been telling us.1

    On top of that, a new study by Stanford University of the polluted water of Pavillion, Wyoming has found what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has seemingly been too scared to admit — fracking can pollute water.2

    Fracking poses an immediate, unacceptable risk to our water and our security on this rapidly heating planet. President Obama controls fossil fuel extraction on federal lands — he needs to take action. Now.

    Tell President Obama: Immediately stop fracking on public lands. Click here to sign the petition.

    What is perhaps most alarming is the degree to which the Obama administration has been either asleep at the switch, or too timid to stand up to industry when it comes to fracking.

    The EPA has been dramatically underestimating both the potency of methane — it traps heat in our atmosphere at 86 to 105 times the rate of carbon pollution over a 10 to 20 year period — and the rate that this methane was leaking from fracking infrastructure unburned.

    If just 3 percent of fracked methane escapes, fracked gas is worse for global warming than burning coal. But in fact, methane leakage may be two or three times higher than that. That makes the fracking boom a jump out of the frying pan and into the fire. Or as McKibben writes: “We closed coal plants and opened methane leaks, and the result is that things have gotten worse.”

    Tell President Obama: Immediately stop fracking on public lands. Click here to sign the petition.

    The Obama administration has begun to correct for its catastrophic rounding error on fracking, revising its methane calculations and moving ahead with some regulations to limit methane emissions. Meanwhile, the EPA is taking comments on its controversial draft water study that downplayed fracking’s ability to contaminate water.3

    Dick Cheney’s Halliburton loophole in his 2005 energy bill exempted the EPA from regulating fracking under the Clean Water Act, but federal lands remain under President Obama’s control.

    And our pressure on public lands is having an impact. President Obama cancelled his plans to drill offshore in the Atlantic, has delayed Arctic drilling until 2020, and in January, the Department of Interior announced a three year moratorium on new coal leasing — though it is allowing current coal mining to continue.

    U.S. methane emissions have spiked 30 percent since 2002, as scientists have been alarmed at the increasing rates of global warming and the melting of the poles. We don’t have time to wait for regulations to kick in that may reduce some methane leakage or prevent some water from being contaminated.

    President Obama’s promotion of fracking is leading us disastrously off-course. President Obama needs to take immediate action to make his pro-fracking policies a temporary detour, not a permanent trip off the fracking cliff.

    Tell President Obama: Immediately stop fracking on public lands. Click here to sign the petition.

    Thank you for fighting fracking.

    Elijah Zarlin, Director of Climate Campaigns
    CREDO Action from Working Assets

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    “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry,” The Nation, 3/23/16
    “New Study Confirms Fracking Contamination That The EPA Walked Back On In 2011,” ThinkProgress, 3/30/16
    “Fracking Can Contaminate Drinking Water” Scientific American, 4/4/16

  14. Imagine starting out on a hike or driving through your favorite national forest, and this is your view: swaths of trees that have been clearcut, hordes of trucks flying along back roads and fracking rigs scattered across the landscape.

    Because our public lands are currently open to fracking, this dirty and dangerous image could become more common for visitors to our national forests and wilderness areas. Sign the petition if you think our national forests and other public lands should be protected from fracking.

    As a Colorado native, I am lucky to have the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains and many areas of public land right in my backyard. Just the other weekend, I went hiking in Arapahoe National Forest. I cannot imagine going out and seeing a clearing with a huge fracking well pad, instead of these beautiful trees. Our national forests and public lands are too precious to frack.

    But fracking is already happening in national forests and public lands across the country — from Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest to the border of Glacier National Park; from illegal fracking in the Florida Everglades to George Washington National Forest in Virginia (which was recently approved for fracking).

    Thanks to the incredible opposition to fracking that has grown across the country, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-2) and co-sponsor Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) introduced a bill to ban fracking on all public lands. This bill is the strongest piece of federal legislation against fracking to be introduced to date.

    While Food & Water Watch members have already made it clear that fracking should be banned on our public lands (along with allies, we submitted more than 650,000 comments from people like you against the Obama administration’s proposed rules for fracking on public lands), the oil and gas industry is pushing back. They will do everything they can to kill this bill so they can keep fracking our public lands.

    That’s why we need to make sure that this bill has an impressive list of co-sponsors and supporters in Congress. Ask your representative to co-sponsor this bill to protect our public lands from fracking.

    I want to be able to enjoy our parks and forests for years to come, and I want to make sure there will be protected wilderness for future generations to experience. Join me in standing up to protect our public lands from fracking today.

    Thanks for taking action,

    Caitlin Seeley George

    Online Organizer
    Food & Water Watch
    act(at)fwwatch(dot)org

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